Connecting Riads suggestively coils around two semi-public courtyards in a characteristic snake-like volume. A waving height variation, throughout the roof’s plane, also contributes to the impression of a three-dimensional coiling movement, endowing this large complex with a surprisingly lithe and light quality.
Site area: 9814 sqm
Gross Floor Area: 49154 sqm
Location: Casablanca, Morocco
Client: Nokta Group
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On the big perforation of the blocks there are communal gardens and seating areas enjoying both the view of the boulevard and the inner courtyards.