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.



tomdavid architects: sustainable market square in casablancaview from street context



tomdavid architects: sustainable market square in casablancaunder the canopy



tomdavid architects: sustainable market square in casablancaat dusk



tomdavid architects: sustainable market square in casablancadiagrammatic aerial



tomdavid architects: sustainable market square in casablancasection



tomdavid architects: sustainable market square in casablancasectional diagrams



tomdavid architects: sustainable market square in casablancaprogrammatic axon

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