Casablanca Sustainable Marketplace Square By Estudio Lunar


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The design and style by Joan Alomar (Estudio Lunar) presents a building that completes the urban block and blends in to the neighborhood. In classical Roman tradition a genius loci was the protective spirit of a spot. This idea leads the architecture that mimics the events at its surroundings, the nature, vernacular architecture, and so forth. To blend is the rational sustainable concept to exist with no causing a disturbance. Nowadays most of the sustainable architecture strives to produce power regardless of the economic fees and resources, becoming buildings covered with items that safeguard them from heat, from cold and others who strive to produce power. These buildings needed engineering to be completed, to be “eco-friendly”.

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What if the constructing could defend himself?

What if its personal architecture was blending so great with its atmosphere and surrounds that is not worth the work to generate power?

Sustainability as a complete concept is not only about saving power, the building first wants to be socially helpful and improve the neighbourhood, that’s the first target of this industry, is not only a industry hall. The volume, alienated the surrounding streets, completes the urban block, covers a public space and creates an sculptural image to the public space. This big gesture of a cupola touching the ground in a very subtle way creates an extension of the public space exactly where quite varieties of functions could take spot (market hall, performances, art exhibitions, meetings, dinner, and so on.)

To develop maximum flexibility the marketplace is set up with modules, combining these modules merchants can acquire different stalls based on their needs. These modules can be piled up or stored in the based due to the fact its size fits in the lift.

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The construction is based in “Cradle to Cradle” ideas and imitation of vernacular architecture. So the use of materials from the location and local methods will save transport and building fees. The principal volume will be built like the old cisterns, making use of a material primarily based on neighbor recycled demolition supplies reinforced with steel.

The shape, structurally efficient will save material, protects from direct sun and offer thermal mass. Add the identical time this majestic shape provides notoriety as a public market place.

1 of the primary points of this creating is its cistern at leading level, not only for its sustainable contribution but for its extrapotential addition to the developing functions it will act as attractor point for all Casablanca citizens, generating new commercial opportunities in the neighborhood.

The water accumulated in the developing supplies isolation to the building and creates new regions for flora and fauna. This water supplies from direct rain collection and neighbor’s roofs, will be utilised in toilets and market hall for cleaning purposes, due to the level distinction it will not need any energy to be pumped.

In conclusion the constructing benefits of the mixture of conventional market place interpretation, vernacular architecture and sustainability as outcome of making use of what nature and rationality gives.

Courtesy of Estudio Lunar

Courtesy of Estudio Lunar

Courtesy of Estudio Lunar

Courtesy of Estudio Lunar

Courtesy of Estudio Lunar

Courtesy of Estudio Lunar

Courtesy of Estudio Lunar

Courtesy of Estudio Lunar

Architects Estudio Lunar
Project Group Joan Alomar
Image Credit Joan Alomar
Location Casablanca, Morocco

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