integrated into an existing military infrastructure, the new airport designed by rabat, morocco-based groupe3architectes is built around three kilometers north of the guelmim city. the building is covered with multicolored light-filtering metal mesh panels, which still maintain the soothing hues of the desert.

groupe3architectes guelmim airport, a colourful mark in morocco's deserted landscape designboom
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the key points of groupe3architectes’ guelmim airport design are simplicity, efficiency, environmental control, and extensibility, which — as the architects claim — are the prerequisite for an airport’s durability. ‘the main issue of the project was providing the maximum amount of natural light and ventilation to avoid expensive technical equipment while optimizing the view of the surrounding landscape, which facilitates movement and flow of the building’s users,’ says the team.

groupe3architectes builds guelmim airport, a colourful mark in morocco's deserted landscape designboom

 

 

the building of the main terminal contains two double-height halls hosting the waiting areas, opening onto the landscape on one side and the runways on the other, protected by wide overhangs and a light-filtering façade. the low-emissivity metal filter is a patchwork of perforated panels that draw the shade and color the light, subtly evocating the decorative themes of the region.

groupe3architectes builds guelmim airport, a colourful mark in morocco's deserted landscape designboom

 

groupe3architectes guelmim airport, a colourful mark in morocco's deserted landscape designboom

 

groupe3architectes guelmim airport, a colourful mark in morocco's deserted landscape designboom

 

groupe3architectes guelmim airport, a colourful mark in morocco's deserted landscape designboom

 

groupe3architectes guelmim airport, a colourful mark in morocco's deserted landscape designboom

 

groupe3architectes guelmim airport, a colourful mark in morocco's deserted landscape designboom

 

groupe3architectes builds guelmim airport, a colourful mark in morocco's deserted landscape designboom

 

groupe3architectes builds guelmim airport, a colourful mark in morocco's deserted landscape designboom

 

groupe3architectes builds guelmim airport, a colourful mark in morocco's deserted landscape designboom

 

groupe3architectes guelmim airport, a colourful mark in morocco's deserted landscape designboom

  • … the facade is aesthetically excellent, and it works as a sun-shed, but it will be the general ecology that will make the final bottom line…

    Ladislav Kubo says:

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