Drawing from both the lush, tropical and established garden on the existing site and the proud heritage, both cultural and architectural, so prominent in morocco- we have designed a bespoke home which is simultaneously unique and celebratory to its context. We have applied a concept of modernist principals and design logic, allowing a grid to guide the spaces and form. At the same time, we have drawn inspiration from classical architecture, decoration and embroidery, incorporating them with a contemporary mind set and playfulness through richly planted courtyards, detailed wall tiling and relief work provide strong links to this tradition, while open plan spatial logic and lofty volumes ensure an airy, light and open feel.
The spaces are generous and ideal for entertainment on a large scale responding directly to the brief, with design moments which create a sense of intimacy for day to day living. The stark suspended fireplace in the Moroccan lounge, is one of these moments- providing a stunning architectural feature, while separating the two reception spaces with an element which is both solid, yet permeable, and that allows views through to the linked spaces beyond. This idea of spatial ambiguity is present throughout the design, with the lines between the elegantly finished interior and lavishly planted exterior being blurred, creating a truly open living experience in this “garden pavilion” home.
The material palette and hue is subtle and true to Casablanca- white natural stone, white concrete, brass and timber- the natural hues of which add a sense of warmth and elegance in the spaces. The private spaces, bedrooms and lounges, break from modernist tradition of function, in favour of more comfortable and generous proportions, ensuring that this home, for all its simplicity of form, remains as luxurious and visually
Greg Truen, Roxanne Kaye, Pierre du Plessis, Johannes Nel, Carla Lange, Philippe Raffner, Farah Petker, Genna Price