The Villa Z is a product of very strict city regulations, ones that ultimately confined the building into a 15m distance in a tight square.
It is oriented westwards to capture the evening sun and face the prominent avenue. The careful interplay of blank facades and glazed edifice is one that slowly revels itself in time, as if timid yet buoyed on by a strong presence of massing and intricate balance of forms vis-à-vis spatial integrity.
It is an elegant sight, especially in the city of Casablanca where traditional modernism has been the norm in recent years and this Villa does well to not poke anyone in the eye while in the same breath maintaining a characteristic distinct plausibility to its integrity as a modern artefact in the city of Casablanca.
Mohamed Siana, now a nominee for the Aga Khan Awards for Architecture for 2016 with two of his Partners, sort to carefully integrate the client’s routine, a similarly challenging task of navel-gazing vis-à-vis outward embracing of light and views. Mohammed Siana quips, "Based on this, and on the basis of a cube, our work is done on the opening of such plans cube leaves and sculpture, providing fully veiled openings from the outside by planes games which direct them to good prospects on the outside while avoiding vis-à-vis and within the appropriate guidelines and sunshine."
Of importance was also the climatic integrity of the building towards passive cooling and heat retention and this has been qualified through a court that leads through a pool for controlled air movement on water. It is a building that feels good to the touch, excites the sight and ultimately embraces the heart
Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani and Mohamed Amine Siana tried to avoid the clichés of the context alone by adopting a very modern development which also adopts the massiveness, strength, relief and the poetic nature of the forms of developments in the South.
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