Re-Tour

White House / Morocco / 2013

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Situated at the intersection of two of the most important avenues in the city of Casablanca, the building Residence du Parc built by the architect Courtois in 1854, is an archetype of the modernist ‘bar’ building of the 1950s. Neglected in the past few decades, the building suffered a slow deterioration until the insurance company CNIA recently bought and rehabilitated the most visible portion of the bar.

The aim of the project was to transform part of the building into a ‘tower’ for the headquarters of the company without destroying the essential qualities of the original bar. By playing upon the rhythms and composition of Courtois’ architecture, the new ‘building within a building’ lives harmoniously within the skeleton of the original structure.

As a proposition for the architectural preservation of 20th century architecture, the project of Residence du Parc proposes a new strategy to regenerate and celebrate the rich architectural patrimony of modernist cities such as Casablanca.




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L’immeuble des Résidences du Parc construit par Courtois en 1954 surplombe le Parc de la Ligue Arabe. Véritable archétype de barre Casablancaise des années 50, le bâtiment à l’intersection de deux des avenues les plus importantes de la ville, s’est dégradé lentement au fil des années. Cette détérioration s’est faite sans aucune intervention récente le laissant dans son jus.

La compagnie d’assurance de la CNIA est propriétaire de la partie la plus noble, la plus visible de l’immeuble. Le projet est donc de faire une tour dans une barre. De transformer sans le pervertir le bâtiment, de le dé-résidentialiser. L’intervention s’est faite en utilisant l’édifice comme un canevas, une cimaise. L’architecture de Courtois est composée et cadencée. Nous avons voulu exacerber les rythmes plutôt que les transformer.

Véritable exercice d’intervention sur le patrimoine du 20ème siècle, le projet des Résidences du Parc propose des modalités nouvelles pour investir, valoriser mais aussi célébrer ce patrimoine architectural casablancais.
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    ENSituated at the intersection of two of the most important avenues in the city of Casablanca, the building Residence du Parc built by the architect Courtois in 1854, is an archetype of the modernist ‘bar’ building of the 1950s. Neglected in the past few decades, the building suffered a slow deterioration until the insurance company CNIA recently bought and rehabilitated the most visible portion of the bar. The aim of the project was to transform part of the building into a ‘tower’ for the...

    Project details
    • Year 2013
    • Work finished in 2013
    • Cost 6.000.000
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Apartments / Refurbishment of apartments / Building Recovery and Renewal
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