Guelmim Technology School by Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani and Mohamed Amine Siana

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Slideshow: following our earlier story about a university in the Moroccan desert with a sandy red exterior, here's a school of technology in the nearby town of Guelmim with walls covered in the same grainy render.

Technology School of Guelmim by Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani and Mohamed Amine Siana

Also designed by architects Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani and Mohamed Amine Siana, the Guelmim Technology School comprises a series of concrete buildings that feature projecting windows, louvres and narrow openings.

Technology School of Guelmim by Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani and Mohamed Amine Siana

A series of canopies create sheltered walkways and seating areas along the north to south axis that divides the campus into two.

Technology School of Guelmim by Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani and Mohamed Amine Siana

Most of the classrooms are located in buildings on the western side of the site, while laboratories and workshops occupy a row of blocks on the eastern side.

Technology School of Guelmim by Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani and Mohamed Amine Siana

You can read about the university building by the same architects in our earlier story.

Technology School of Guelmim by Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani and Mohamed Amine Siana

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Technology School of Guelmim by Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani and Mohamed Amine Siana

Photography is by Fernando Guerra.

Technology School of Guelmim by Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani and Mohamed Amine Siana

Here's some more information from the architects:


Technology School of Guelmim Morocco

The project of the Technology School of Guelmim is part of the development policy of academic institutions in the southern regions of Morocco.

Technology School of Guelmim by Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani and Mohamed Amine Siana

The project consists of an amphitheater, classrooms, workshops, laboratories, administration, library, teacher’s offices and office staff housing.

Technology School of Guelmim by Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani and Mohamed Amine Siana

The starting point was to provide a strong architecture, contemporary but inspired by the context in which it occurs.

Technology School of Guelmim by Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani and Mohamed Amine Siana

The challenge was to recreate a certain mood, a certain scale with modern tools and architectural vocabulary.

Technology School of Guelmim by Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani and Mohamed Amine Siana

Thus, the architecture is voluntarily massive, powerful and plays with the contrast between interior and exterior.

Technology School of Guelmim by Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani and Mohamed Amine Siana

The various buildings are organized along a north-south axis through a partly covered path, and are organized on L-forms or indoor gardens.

Technology School of Guelmim by Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani and Mohamed Amine Siana

This organization helps readability and clarity of the various entities of the project while maintaining a set of scales adapted to the diversity of the program.

Technology School of Guelmim by Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani and Mohamed Amine Siana

Similarly, a reflection on the thermal quality results a work orientation, protection of openings and vegetation cover, thus conditioning part of the architecture vocabulary and principles.

Technology School of Guelmim by Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani and Mohamed Amine Siana

At last, the project Research finally assumes a certain theatricality, a certain gravitas that meets the solemnity inherent to educational institutions.

Technology School of Guelmim by Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani and Mohamed Amine Siana

Architects: SAAD EL KABBAJ / DRISS KETTANI / MOHAMED AMINE SIANA
Team: YASSINE EL AOUNI / RACHID EL MAATAOUI

Technology School of Guelmim by Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani and Mohamed Amine Siana

Client: UNIVERSITE IBN ZOHR D’AGADIR

Engineering: BEPOL SARL
Contractor: ZERKDI & FILS

Technology School of Guelmim by Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani and Mohamed Amine Siana

Built area: 6883 M²
Design - Construction : 2008-2011

Technology School of Guelmim by Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani and Mohamed Amine Siana

  • Pygmalion

    Very beautiful! The shadows cast by the apparently repetitive architecture become a cinematic feast once the sun gets into play…

  • http://www.pasinga.com Antje

    now that is beautiful architecture …

  • http://twitter.com/burtja @burtja

    at last – getting away from the madness of glass boxes in the desert. This is beautiful.

  • http://www.davisarquitectos.com Jose Coleman-Davis

    overhangs, pergolas, light, shadow, color ….. superb architecture

  • kle

    well thought architecture! Indeed this is what dubai would have really needed..

  • antonio medina

    Totally disagree! This project is an out of scale “cartoonization” of the work of the world famous and awarded Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta who passed away this year. I really think that as architects we can have some influences on our work, but this project has a lack of respect for an architect who has amazing projects all over the world, even in Morocco. If you like this project, I think you should see the lifetime work and concepts of Legorreta to see what I’m talking about. I really hope Dezeen publishes my opinion.

  • Edward

    Ricardo Legorreta and Luis Barragan influence?

    • Mafer

      Exactly!!

  • Andrés Hayes

    Personally I feel very angry for having the gall to be exploiting unscrupulous style and concepts of the deceased masters of Mexican architecture: Ricardo Legorreta and Luis Barragan. What’s worse, it’s not perceived as an influence or a tribute, but rather a caricature of the work of the masters and therefore are getting all kinds of awards and accolades worldwide. Sincerely I don’t think they deserve to be called ARCHITECTS, but plagiarists and scoundrels.

  • Daniel

    It seems that Mexican architecture is an important influence in another countries.

  • Miguel

    This is Mexican architecture! Ricardo Legorreta, Luis Barragán.

  • Jorge

    Clara influencia de la Arquitectura Mexicana en este trabajo, los arquitectos Luis Barragan y Ricardo Legorreta tener el credito correspondiente.

    Clear influence of Mexican Architecture in this work, the architects Luis Barragan and Ricardo Legorreta have the corresponding credit.

  • Erik

    Concuerdo con que este edificio tiene influencia mexicana y debería darse crédito a Ricardo Legorreta y a Luis Barragán por los diseños.

    This builiding has Mexican influence and it should add credit to Ricardo Legorreta and Luis Barragan for the designs.

  • Alberto

    Hasta donde se el diseño no tiene patentes mientras sea funcional y cumpla con los requerimientos.

  • edgar

    This is mexican architecture. Ricardo Legorreta and Luis Barragan: Mexican architects. Saad, Driss & Mohamed your architecture is a copy and paste.

  • Ayesha

    Barragan influenced by Morrocco, Ricardo influenced by Barragan, Saad, Driss and Mohamed influenced by Ricardo…. and the university mentioned here is built in Morroco, so what started with Morroco has come back to it.

  • http://www.basabose.me/ Mr Basabose

    We have all studied works of masters to design our own. I don’t know what’s insulting in here.

    Not a single architect or designer on this planet has started from a totally independent thought to come up with a design. We ALL use one thing or two collected here and there.

    Isn’t that the whole point?

    The fact that the majority of comments here are moaning about “Ricardo Legorreta and Luis Barragan” is a sign.

    Masters leave a legacy for others to built from, Legorreta & Barragan are happy about this, just not the few ranters up here.