OXO architectes + nicolas laisné propose vertical city for sahara desert
 
OXO architectes + nicolas laisné propose vertical city for sahara desert OXO architectes + nicolas laisné propose vertical city for sahara desert
apr 12, 2015

OXO architectes + nicolas laisné propose vertical city for sahara desert


OXO architectes + nicolas laisné propose vertical city for sahara desert
all images © manal rachdi OXO architectes + nicolas laisné associés

 

 

 

configured to deal with the demands of the sahara desert, this conceptual project is imagined as a vertical city towering above the vast wilderness. designed by french practices OXO architectes and nicolas laisné associés, the building contains a mixed-use program, including a hotel, housing, dining facilities and a meteorological observatory.

oxo architects nicolas laisne city sand tower sahara marocco designboom
when approaching the structure, the tower first appears as a distant rock

 

 

 

when approaching the structure, the tower first appears as a distant rock, before the landscape widens, encompassing a maze of streets that recall eastern souks. at ground floor level, an internal pool serves as the project’s threshold, reflecting the vast vegetation covered atrium above. various spaces to play, swim and pray are found at the scheme’s upper storeys, where sweeping panoramic views are offered.

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helicopter landing pads at the scheme’s upper levels

oxo architects nicolas laisne city sand tower sahara marocco designboom
an internal pool serves as the project’s threshold

oxo architects nicolas laisne city sand tower sahara marocco designboom
the pool reflects the atrium above

oxo architects nicolas laisne city sand tower sahara marocco designboom
the versatile building contains a mixed-use program

oxo architects nicolas laisne city sand tower sahara marocco designboom
various spaces to play, swim and pray are found at the scheme’s upper storeys

oxo architects nicolas laisne city sand tower sahara marocco designboom
vegetation covers an inner tower that ascends throughout the design

oxo architects nicolas laisne city sand tower sahara marocco designboom
the ‘city sand tower’ illuminated at dusk

 

 

project info:

 

type: concept for vertical city
surface area: 780,000 sqm
height: 450 meters
location: sahara, morocco
status: under study
program: hotel, housing, shops, restaurant, meteorological observatory, museum of desert and offices
project team: manal rachdi OXO architectes associated with nicolas laisne associes

 

manal rachdi OXO architectes (paris, france)
partner in charge: manal rachdi
project architect: vincent imfeld

 

nicolas laisné associés (paris, france)
partner in charge: nicolas laisné, dimitri roussel
project architect: lucile nicosia

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  • This very earthy ethereal expression of a mixed use tower for the Sahara is beautiful, but I would like to know more about how the designers are using intrinsic sustainable features, and how they envision solutions to the fenestration and structure, which are not really expressed in the renderings, but are important driving factors in the design of towers this tall. Also the solar elements floating above the top of the tower would not last long in a Saharan dust storm.

    Thom Bohlen says:

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