Project size: 5,000 square feet
Program: The architect designed and built a three-bedroom house for his young family.
Location: Casablanca, Morocco
Solution: The square-shaped plot gave rise to a monolothic box volume. Its concrete shell isolates the interior from the disturbances of the busy street life outside.
Construction and materials: The structure is made from poured concrete pillars and beams with pre-cast concrete block walls. Below ground, peripheral walls are made from board formed concrete. The majority of interior and exterior walls are composed of a handmade aggregate mix, which has been left exposed. The texture of the stairwell’s black painted walls is magnified by natural light coming from a glass roof covering.
Gross square footage: 5,000 square feet
Total project cost: withheld
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Mehdi Berrada, principal architect; M. Abdelmoughite Zerouali, as project manager.
Structural and civil engineer- Kamal Chaabi /Uteca
Entreprise Mohcine Sarl
Double Space Photography
Concrete frame and walls
Masonry: Concrete blocs with waterproof concrete render
Metal/glass curtain wall: Windows and sliding doors provided by MOURINHO Portugal
Precast concrete: Board form in situ cast concrete walls
Wood: Charred spruce; Charred oak
Moisture barrier: Sikalite added to the render mix
Built-up roofing: Concrete slab
Metal: Rusted steel (windows guards and gates)
Tile/shingles: Grey marble tiles by the swimming pool and hexagonal cement tiles in the basement
Glass: Double stadip insulated glass (Saint-Gobain)
Skylights: Custom-made sliding steel framed glass panel over the stairwell
Wood doors: All the interior doors are full height (3m) painted black plywood
Sliding doors: Aluminum and double stadip glass (MOURINHO)
Acoustical ceilings: All the walls, floors and ceilings are lined with Rockwool, and the ground floor wood ceiling has a sound deflecting pattern.
Office furniture: Custom-made
Reception furniture: Cassina Toot sofas, Poliform mad queen armchairs, Molteni TOULOUSE dining table and BoConcept dining chairs.
Interior ambient lighting: Custom-made steel tubes with LED bulbs inside
Energy management or building automation system: Solar water heater, 100% LED lighting, electrical central heating system