revised pantheon by fala + filipe paixao
revised pantheon by fala + filipe paixao revised pantheon by fala + filipe paixao
jan 02, 2013

revised pantheon by fala + filipe paixao

‘revised pantheon’ by fala + filipe paixao



the radical proposal for marrakech’s main square by portuguese designers fala + filipe paixao revises the pantheon concept, as everything happens in the square. a market filled with tourists, color, light, movement, with no apparent order would cover the entire space, where in the center, a small opening would give users reason to go under the structure.


the strength of the monolith only makes sense for the beauty of its exception. by proposing a massive concrete structure that creates a shadow on the market, a tent in the square, a force would try to impose an abstract order on the site. product of a simple geometry, the site is 100 meters long and is oriented in north-south arrangement. the slab is supported by a regular grid of concrete columns; where at the core there is a light source that gives the whole a reason to be remembered.



site plan







project details:


circos 2012 ideas competitiontokyo, japan/ october 2012project team: fala (filipe magalhães/ ana luisa soares) + filipe paixão2nd prize + honorable mention



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  • Whats the point to create a massive grave?

    Pouya Bagheri says:
  • ?????????????????

    2nd prize + honorable mention …..

    democracy says:
  • is this architecture?

    ANTc says:
  • Unfortunately a very bad idea.
    You must live (in) the city to be able to project whatever for her.

    Laura Costa says:
  • in order to bury the past, you’ll need a place to bury. so that gives the reason for the massive grave. i’m not sure if it’s executed correctly using concrete structure with dark, gloomy, and low ceiling common spaces. however, it seems to be more engaged than the existing structure. the current pantheon is there only to look at, not being able to be touched or used. for that sense, i think it’s a good idea. i love the graphic presentation of images, its simplicity and old historical documentation look.

    s. lee says:
  • stunning proposal!

    kukubee says:
  • What exists at this location, is the typical Djemaa El Fna (open square) in the medina (old city) …

    Laura Costa says:
  • Anyone that’s been to the Jemaa El Fna will realise the beauty of its inherent chaos under the stars. ‘Imposing an abstract order’ by covering it with a monstrous concrete slab is the last thing any sensible designer would do.

    Derek says:
  • amazing

    jota says:
  • is not necesary think in materials or context, the idea is very good and nothing else matters

    adrend says:
  • Realizing this so-called project will definitely wipe out the specificity of this space.
    Life and architecture can’t be reduced to an image !
    Bad competitions, bad propositions 😉

    Guest says:
  • The proposal is a symptom of the state of the art ot the architecture in Portugal… I would guess they’ve been at the spot, having a healthy brainstorm on the subject. Having passed the idea to paper and to public discussion is somewhat disturbing, I would say. Better days will come, I hope.

    ricardo says:
  • I’m usually open to most forms of architecture, but this is utterly horrible. Looks horribly claustrophobic, dark, smelly, and chaotic. I don’t see any need for this proposal, Djemaa El Fna is already unique and as someone already stated doesnt need a what looks like a paving slab with a hole in the middle dropped on top of it.

    sarah says:
  • It looks more like a procative statement rather than a realistic
    approach. I guess the works of archigram and superstudio caused the
    same controversy with the public.

    Antonio says:
  • Yep, the idea is just good for some movie locations… not even real genre movie. Maybe pulp fiction 2.

    Pouya Bagheri says:
  • who should prefer to live underground rather under the sky, at sun ?

    daniel naudeix says:
  • why to create such an heavy shadow ? the place is famous at night

    daniel naudeix says:
  • is this a joke? what an opressive proposal!

    the designers have obviously never visited the place: at night it is alive with people, cooking, music and smoke rising up into the night past multitudes of lights. it is an absolute beauty to look down over the square from the surrounding buildings, or to be part of the throng itself.

    this concrete canopy looks like a homage to the failed ideas of the modernists.

    georgie says:
  • 10.000 mq de nevoeiro com cheiro a fritos…
    Less photoshop and more architecture

    paulos says:
  • Like what ‘ricardo’ said, this proposal looks hot and dark, a giant concrete slab would just soak up heat.

    However the shape and funtion of the “monolith” in and of itself is interesting and thought provoking

    jasper says:
  • so many comments = good job guys . you keep going please . it is awesome indeed

    TOINS says:
  • “a small opening would give users reason to go under the structure”
    what does it mean? what is the reason ? i cannot figure it out. hope someone can explain it.

    goato says:
  • Concur with the majority of the other comments made.
    This is an absolutely awful proposition and has a taste of the worst of 20th century modernism about it

    dextersdragon says:

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