AQSO anfa residential, physical model, back lighting, plastic, roof terrace, zigzag volume, courtyards

Connecting Riads arises in the east side of Anfa district, a downtown historic zone of Casablanca. The plot occupies a lively and sparkling area, situated between the Gran Theatre Boulevard and a residential neighbourhood.

AQSO anfa residential view from couryard and cantilevered volume

The conceptual structure develops as a continuous block aligned to the surrounding streets and coiling around two large courtyards. This dynamic gesture is further implemented by the local context of each side, in which the roof’s height rises or falls with the illusion of waving crests, or alive snaking green terraces.

AQSO anfa residential view from courtyard and protruding balconies

The complex grows high in the section confronting the urban character of the Boulevard, while it reduces its scale when facing the low, residential neighbourhood. Those higher apartments, in particular, allow an amazing view of the park.

AQSO anfa residential semipublic street and lattice sliding pannels

Showcasing a complex character, the façade wears two different looks: the exterior skin, towards the public surroundings, is a sober and formal element, while the interior face, towards the courtyards, becomes exuberant and homely.

AQSO anfa residential night view, sunset casablanca

The external façade presents a series of long balconies, peculiarly enclosed by sliding, latticework panels. The internal instead, showcases a plain, white surface, interrupted only by long windows and cubic, protruding balconies. Arranged with an irregular order, these elements are positioned on the wall in the same fashion as flowerpots in an Andalusian patio.

AQSO anfa residential view from terrace, green roof and wooden deck

Within the semi-public green areas, the environment is displayed with an organic layout: cobbled pathways combine with water features, native vegetation, trees and low-maintenance plants.

The complex offers various residential options, with flats ranging from 70 to 160 sqm. Five categories are available, and several subtypes, depending on the apartments’ orientation and rooms composition.