City sand Tower

City sand Tower

Architect
OXO Architectes

laisné roussel
Location
Sahara, Morocco
Category
Shops

Hotels

Housing
© Manal Rachdi Oxo Architectes + NLA

City sand Tower by MANAL RACHDI OXO ARCHITECTS + NICOLAS LAISNE ASSOCIES

OXO Architectes as Architects

In this flat expanse, it is difficult to understand the tower at the first glance, At this distance, it seems to be a rock. Approaching the landscape widens, the climate softened through the shadows projected on the ground. One enters a maze of streets that recall the eastern souks. Men seem to have enjoyed a happy relief susceptibility to settle. At the corner of an alley, one gets aware of the presence of the tower. It now seems huge, but a reassuring immensity welcoming. One enters naturally, at the threshold of a water basin brings freshness and reflects an atrium. Looking up, we see an inner tower covered with vegetation, it seems to have pushed the center of the first! In the floors rub a hotel, housing, shops, a panoramic restaurant, a meteorological observatory, a museum of desert, offices ... These temperate areas enjoy views of the vast expanse of the desert outside and towards the inside vertical garden. One can also play sports, swim in a pool, pray in a sacred place facing the cloudless sky.


Exterior facades, very protective, ocher, enter resonate with this site so special. They are composed of shading and sensors that produce the necessities of life energy and cooling tower. It now forms a landmark in the desert and created a new mode life by transforming the extreme characteristics of its climate sources energy and freshness. This not a tower it’s a vertical city that is fully autonomous, its energy self-efficient and has a vertical farm inside, that makes it more independent.


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