Amwaj Bouregreg

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In the Heart of History

Between the sister cities of Rabat and Salé, in the floodplain of the valley of the Bou Regreg River, a site of 140 ha is planned to extend the capital with a high density of mixed programs. In order to preserve the integrity of the valley, of its cliffs and in order not to oppose any competition to the dominant bordering monuments we have elaborated two strategies. On the Rabat side, making a horizontal city of low height but high density. On the Salé side, constructing buildings that cultivate the absence and ambiguity with the valley cliffs by their shape, materials and by the vegetation that covers them.
This new neighbourhood will be characterized by the massive infiltration of the valley vegetation, the use of the 5th facade as terraces giving everybody a sense of living in the heart of history and by the reinterpretation of the style and the architecture of Rabat.

STATUS Unbuilt. 2005-2006
LOCATION Rabat
CLIENT Dubai International Properties, Caisse de Dépôt et de Gestion, SABR Aménagement
ARCHITECTURAL TEAM Jean NOUVEL - Ateliers Jean Nouvel
PROJECT LEADER Claude GODEFROY
CONSULTANTS
AJN : David FAGART, Gaston TOLILA, Emmanuel BLAMONT
Rabat: Michel PERALDI (sociologist), Mohamed NACIRI (geographer)
ENGINEERS Jean-Marc Casso (Casso et compagnie), Bertrand Ravignon (Infra Sud), Mathias Schuler (Transsolar)
ARCHITECTS Hakan ALDOGAN, Pedro DINIS RODRIGUES, Athina FARAUT, Mathieu FOREST, Salwa MIKOU, Toshihiro KUBOTA, Naori YAMAZOE, Nabila ZERROUKI, Arnaud BRICHET, Kathrin HASLER, Patrick REUTER
MODEL Jean-Marc KURCZEWSKI
3D IMAGES Didier GHISLAIN
PERSPECTIVES Eric ANTON (Artefactory), Christophe ROUSELLE
LANDSCAPE Rémy TRUSQUIN
GRAPHICS Natalie SACCU DE FARNCHI, Eva LARGO, Eugénie ROBERT, Rafaëlle ISHKINAZI, Elise TAPONIER
PROGRAM Logements, bureaux, commerces, services, espaces publics
CONTRACT TYPE Concept design
​GROSS FLOOR AREA 1 600 000 m2