Wifaq Club and the Rich Agricultural Heritage of Rabat

Groupe3Architectes
2015

Located in the heart of the Souissi district in Rabat, the Wifaq club benefits from a rich landscape heritage.

Upon entering, the visitor finds himself in a particular site, open and wooded, that offers depths of field that provide a sense of well-being, favorable for the practice of outdoor sports.

Surrounded by dense and tall windbreak hedges, the site is introverted, protected from its immediate environment.

The landscape framework of the plot, reflecting the agricultural past of the suburbs of Rabat whose traces are still present in the area, is indeed characterized by its tall trees which are typically the orchards’ windbreak hedges.

Fruit trees and jacarandas embellish the different playgrounds dedicated to various sports and fit naturally into this composition.

The urban piece hence constituted creates an original universe, protected in its green setting. This coherent set, accompanied by modest in size buildings scattered across the site, was converted and densified to accommodate new features to strengthen and diversify the commercial offer of the club.

To accommodate these new activities without degrading the original values of the site, a targeted and measured response, respectful of both the memory of the club and the predominantly residential surroundings was suggested.

In the garden of sports and well being, the memory of the club and the district are honored and respected. Even the most structuring sports equipment are integrated in the most gentle and natural way possible, to avoid disturbing the magic and serenity of the site.

The particular care given to natural light and the obsession of horizontality expressed by white flat roofs and cantilevers of different materials (facades made of hammered stone from Khenifra and wooden blades) contribute in the creation of a new living space both contemporary and rooted in its history.


Project info:

Location: Rabat, Morocco
Program: Sports equipment : semi-olympic swimming pool, sports hall, spa, gym, club house
Total area: 7,000 sqm
Project cost: 87 million dhs
Completion: 2015
Photography: Fernando Guerra


About the Architect:

Founded in 2000 and based in Rabat Morocco, Groupe3Architectes gathers a team of 35 collaborators, including 15 architects.
The firm stands out nationally with its projects in various sectors, giving singular architectural answers while always using the geographical and cultural context.
The firm has been nominated for the Aga Khan Award in 2013, and has participated in the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014.
Recently, the Casa Port train station, located in Casablanca, was selected among 19 other projects for the Aga Khan award for architecture in its 2016 edition.

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