sidi kauki · marruecos

Ca is the result of an interesting business scheme, good ideas without large capital. In exchange for the transfer of the land, a private developer in Barcelona builds a thematic resort and provides a series of facilities to a Moroccan local government, interested in promoting and attracting a new tourist profile to the area.

The promoter will manage the hotel, whose leitmotiv will be astronomy and which will incorporate, for mixed private and public use, a good astronomical observatory.

The budget, initially moderate, will increase depending on the occupancy forecast: an important requirement is that the complex and its facilities can have organic growth.

We designed a concentric and somewhat labyrinthine city, in the shape of a mandala, which has a set of narrow streets with interior patios that are collected to protect themselves from the wind. As in a small casbah. The hotel, the rooms and the restaurant can be completed around the observatory and a large central patio, with spaces that are staggered.

There is an itinerary of astronomical activities: some small natural observatories, some buckets inscribed in the desert sand and delimited by a concrete border with engravings: the constellations, codes for observing the movements of the moon, references to the cardinal points, the stars and the horoscope… at night, around a campfire, under a blanket: simple, familiar and centered in the sky.

Year
2005

Architect
Jaime Romano

Collaborators
Augusto Román

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