Group3Architectes integrated Guelmim Airport in an existing military infrastructure

Photography by Fernando Guerra.

The new Guelmim Airport by Group3Architectes is integrated in an existing military infrastructure located 3 KM north of the city of Guelmim. The city is often referred to as the gateway to the desert, due to its position in the southern Anti-Atlas Mountains near the northwestern edge of the Sahara in Morocco.


Group3Architectes designed the project with the following stakes: simplicity, efficiency, environmental control and extensibility, a prerequisite for the durability of an airport. It is with this objective that the construction of the building was designed in 2 phases, resulting in a linear design parallel to the runways.


The terminal building consists of 2 double height halls that hold the waiting areas, which open onto the landscape on one side and to the runways on the other, protected by wide overhangs and a light-filtering façade. The low-emissivity metal filter is a patchwork of perforated panels that draw the shade and color the light, subtly evocating the decorative themes of the region.


The linear main building located between the bonded zone and the duty free zone is topped with a patio that provides natural light to the heart of the building. The design provides the maximum amount of natural light and ventilation to avoid expensive technical equipment, while optimizing the view of the surrounding landscape, which facilitates movement and flow of the building’s users.

Project Information:

Project name: Guelmim Airport

Architect’s Firm: Groupe3Architectes

Project location: Guelmim, Morocco

Completion Year:  2018

Gross Built Area: Terminal : 7 000m² / Other: 2 000m²

Program: Terminal 1 / airport utilities / Parking

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