The micro-hotel was completed in early 2014. The project designed by Myriam Soussan and Laurent Moulin of Archibionic is 100% autonomous in providing all water and energy needs, in addition to managing all waste on site. The project offers an alternative to Western spatial organization where mono-functional spaces are fully-partitioned and consume space, local materials, and lack cohesion of design.
The design therefore was formulated to include three key principles: inclusion of Moroccan housing traditions (autonomy, convertibility of spaces and furniture, semi-outdoor spaces as a climate buffer, stable monolithic architecture, large open doors), selective appropriation (use technology to reduce household chores, enhance privacy, improve health, enable telecommunications/internet), and economic performance (keep budget for technological enhancements to the price of a car).
The four bedrooms with a total capacity of ten people, are clustered around a patio, and utilise furniture designed to be adaptive so the layout of the rooms with mobile beds, closets and seating to be changed by each visitor to best suit their needs. Originally planned for construction near Erfoud, the micro-hotel is located 10km north-east of Tamanar (تامنار) in the heart of Morocco’s unique argan forest. The endemic forest covering more than 8,000 km² in the calcareous semi-desert Sous valley of southwestern Morocco contains the world’s only species of the genus Argania, and is designated as a UNESCO Biosphere reserve.See more
A Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prize was presented to an ecological housing design for semi-arid zones from Morocco.Read more »
The project is commended for its innovative synthesis of bioclimatic knowledge as well as responding both rationally and artistically to the challenges of a semi-desert environment. Of significance is the integration of contemporary passive thermal control principles with strategies of traditional Islamic residential architecture.
Experimental, the project suggests broad range applicability in similar climate zones. Although compact, the dwelling is equipped with all necessary amenities for a number of residents and adheres to high ethical standards in all phases of its life cycle. The project is also successful by achieving autonomy in terms of energy use. The use of natural material resources in construction that optimize operation and maintenance, as well as the selection of robust products and technologies is also applauded. Equally notable are technical innovations such as the wind-scoop and underground coupling as well as renewable energy technologies such as wind-generators for electricity.
Such extensive considerations do not restrict the flexibility of use offered, nor do they compromise the aesthetic elegance of the project. The work is a clear example of design ingenuity coupled with sensitivity and technical skill.See more
While modest in scale, this entry from Morocco presents an innovative synthesis of bioclimatic knowledge. It responds both rationally and poetically to the harsh conditions of a semidesert environment. The team is given merit for their integration of contemporary passive thermal control principles with traditional Islamic architecture. The work suggests broad-range applicability in similar climate zones. The dwelling unit is equipped with all the necessary amenities for residents and achieves autonomy in terms of energy use.
Also worthy of merit is the use of natural material resources in construction that optimize operation and maintenance, as well as the selection of robust products and technologies. Noteworthy innovations include the wind scoop and underground coupling, as well as renewable resource technology such as wind generators for electricity. The work provides a clear example of design ingenuity coupled with sensitivity and technical skill.Download project entry poster (PDF, 3.19 MB) »See more
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