tomdavid architects: sustainable market square in casablanca
 
tomdavid architects: sustainable market square in casablanca tomdavid architects: sustainable market square in casablanca
nov 23, 2012

tomdavid architects: sustainable market square in casablanca

‘sustainable market square’ by tomdavid architects, casablanca, moroccoall images courtesy of tomdavid architects

 

 

rotterdam-based tomdavid architects have received first place for their ‘sustainable market square’ proposal for casablanca in a competition organized by the [AC-CA]. within the old city amidst an urban fabric of social and economic structures, the streetscape is filled with all sortsof markets. the density and pollution has been diminishing the quality of public space and an alternative to improve the scene has been envisionedas an open-air structure of canopies. the iconic form will become a catalyst for local development. the low maintenance solution protects from heat.

 

evoking a cluster of trees, a fan-like roof similar to a large leaf branches from single free-standing columns. the smooth curving and feminine forms tribute local, modern architecture of the 1950s.the rainwater drains from the smooth concrete surface and collects at the base of the supports. the water can be used for toilets, utilitarian purposes and evaporate cooling. this seemingly simple element of sustainability brings awareness to the societal realm, becoming a driver of cultural change. instilling responsibility among residents for economic and ecological capital. addressing a common issue with markets, a refuse and waste handling system  will contribute to a higher livability and durability.

 

 

view from street context

 

 

under the canopy

 

 

at dusk

 

 

diagrammatic aerial

 

 

section

 

 

sectional diagrams

 

 

programmatic axon

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