DRISS ELL JAY MARKET


Credits
2013
International Competition ACCA
Casablanca/Morocco
Project Team
Santi Musmeci
Sebastiano Maccarrone

Description read more The site is located in a highly urbanised, high-density area yet with a strong cultural identity. The concept is based on two main aspects: the existing urban fabric and the local historical cultural setting. The aim is to generate a space, a meeting point for many dynamic social vertexes interplay at one spot. Specially the local vibrant market dynamics fuse with the surrounding urban fabric at the same time answers to the traditional community needs. SCHEME: “URBAN - HORIZONTAL FORCE” Working with historical urban setting itself, the elevation of pre-existing building structure is extruded horizontally which sits right next to the square towards the site boundaries. “ LOCAL - VERTICAL FORCE” Is inspired by the Moroccan historical motif - the mosaic style. A graphic pattern is extracted from the interior mosaic tiles pattern of mosque Hassan II, then we develop an extended pattern (show image): then pattern is extruded vertically upwards. When the two extrusions meet and intersect , a three-dimentional outline of the scheme is generated. The interactions (the roof and the 3 blocks) forms a unique combination with 3 solid parts and 1 void in the middle. Terraces and gardens are scattered in 4 different levels, all the functional spaces are linked together with a continues circulation which surrounds the middle void, it leads people from the ground floor to the “watch plaza” on top. STRUCTURE On the ground floor there is the main square and the real market area, with food stalls , newspaper stands, info kiosk, toilets and refuse collection area. On the first floor there is a bar with a open terrace, toilets, and storage spaces. On the second floor there are training rooms and vegetable garden where people can learn how to grow vegetable and spices. On the third floor there is a training room, a garden and the “watch plaza” facing the Hassan II Mosque minaret . Like in the moroccan history The Driss El Jay Market is not only a place for trading, it also is a highly vibrant social meeting point for the communities, and potentially a tourist attraction with its concentrated culture flavour . Meanwhile it also acts as a educament (educational-entertainment) support to the school students nearby. There are total three accesses points to the market, one on each vertex. The stalls on the ground floor are accessible from the street side and from the inside and together with the newspaper kiosk and the info point they complete the pre- existing urban texture from a macro to a micro scale. MATERIALS The materials used for the Driss el Jay Market are chosen from local supplies like wood for the roof and the parapet, the alhambra stone for the solid parts and steel for the structure, to try to give a touch of the traditional moroccan souk and to reduce carbon footprints SUSTAINABILITY As part of the Sustainability program the market is surrounded by wind mill (white revolution) on the walkway that generate electricity and also provides light for the entire market along with solar panels that are installed on the roof tops and green areas including the gardens. The central void facilitate the natural ventilation of the market.