Place Lalla Yeddouna

Fez, Morocco
600 m2

The concept for the project considers the typical Moroccan fondouk as the archetypal building block of the working medina. The layout of this historic building typology is scaled-up to accommodate the site in its entirety, considering it as a single entity, built around a central courtyard (the square) with surrounding galleries (the proposed structures) containing circulation and functions, whilst the scheme is permeated via a series of narrow souks that communicate with the adjacent urban zones. With the river Fez, slicing the square in a north-south direction, the new buildings serve to unify the space by bridging the river, in effect binding the two opposite banks.

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