Fobe House by Guilhem Eustache

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A Belgian film director resides in one of the four white boxy structures of this residence near Marrakech by Guilhem Eustache.

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Alongside the main home, the Fobe House also comprises a pool house, a caretaker’s residence and a garage, which are dotted around the two-hectare site.

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Two overlapping concrete walls screen the front of the house itself, while a concealed staircase between leads up to a terrace on the roof.

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Patterned openings pierce these walls, as well as others around the house to create lattice-like shadows on the interior walls and floors.

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The opposite side of the house opens out to the swimming pool and faces across to a stepped diving board and the pool house behind.

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The project was completed in 2007.

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We've only published a couple of projects from Morocco before - see projects there by Zaha Hadid and Foster + Partners by clicking here.\

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Photography is by Jean-Marie Monthiers.

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The text below is from Guilhem Eustache:


The land is located about ten kilometers south of Marrakech.

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Flat, mostly drowned under a heat veil that hides horizon.

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It is only from December to March that the snowy atlas appears.

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In this 2.5 hectares area the buildings occupy only 240 sqm.

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The volumes and their arrangements permit to avoid a floating effect in this empty space.

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Before discovering the layout we first need to go along the clay walls, which remote the neighbours away while allowing the sight of whites geometries.

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Once we cross through the metal gate, earth tinted, we are suddenly plunged into a strange world.

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Three white steles frame and seek the longitudinal axis of the house in the center of the field.

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On the right side, the Guard house, two mixed cubes, is close to a totem fireplace and faces the double garage all in length studded with small openings.

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These simple elements articulate the vacuum around and focus the eye towards the house itself.

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Paradoxically simple and complex: a foliation of longitudinals sails between which stages the project program; tall windows; sets of geometric cutouts; framing, especially from the living room across the pool and its bleachers toward the atlas.

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Program: House
Location: Tassoultante, Marrakech / Morocco.
Address: village of Tassoultante / Amizmiz road - 9.2 km from Marrakech
Completion: 2007

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Project area:
Private residence: 171,96 sqm
Guard house: 20,20 sqm

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Garage: 35,08 sqm
Pool house: 13,12 sqm
Total: 240,36m² on 2,5 ha
Plantations: 23 olive tree, 10 palm, 450 eucalyptus, 200 mimosa, 20 fruit trees

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Commisioner: private, Belgian film producer
Architect: Guilhem Eustache (Born in Nîmes / south of France)
Moroccan correspondent: Hicham Belhouari, architect / Marrakech / Morocco

  • edward

    A very formal and beautiful composition, but it will be some time before the over 600 trees that have been planted will complete the conception.

  • http://www.hasselaar.nl Hasselaar

    Wow! These buildings don't need trees!

    • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

      Agreed. The pure volumes are beautiful all by themselves.

  • nitchy14

    Amazing volume. It's really pure and peaceful.