Hotel B Commercial
A new boutique hotel in Marrakech.
Inspired by the local vernacular, but not replicating it, we have created a unique and playful contemporary language while maintaining a textural reference to the site’s rich history. An abundance of lush vegetation and running water in various volumes conjures up the notion of oasis.
Beginning with a sculptural solid mass, we carved selected incisions and voids varying in scale where necessary. This provides a variety of spatial experiences through scale, light and shadow. The surrounding gardens use a similar language. Varying levels of planting form private gardens for guests and a dynamic layer of foliage throughout, contrasting to the sculptural building form and enhancing the idea of urban oasis. The exterior is comprised of various plaster finishes, handmade tiles, local terrazzo to public zones, including the entrance wall defining its presence on the street. Highlights of brass denote transitions between various areas, from street to hotel, and from public to private spaces.
Essential to the project was to embrace the legacy of the traditional building methods of Morocco, fully utilising the local materials and exquisite artisanal craftsmanship to create a contemporary building typology. This also enables a more a sustainable building solution.
Location: Marrakech, Morocco