This house in Casablanca, Morocco by Driss Ketani is projected on a north-south oriented plot with a sea view on the first floor at the northwest corner. The footprint of the house is generated by the need to perfectly fit with the adjoining house and by the urban regulations. The pedestrian entrance is on a private allotment street while the parking entrance is on a street on the north side of the plot. The plan is organized to have a maximum of fluidity while requiring to the functional needs and the materials and textures give a feel of colour and warmness which enhances the Casablanca spirit.
The living areas are organized on the west side while the services areas are situated on the east side, on the blind wall adjoined to the neighbor house. A wide south-west glazed angle allows communication with the pool and the garden to the south, taking advantage of the diagonal offered by the shape of the plot.
On the first floor, there are three bedrooms, each one with its dressing room area and its bathroom.
The lines are tight and enhance the horizontality by framing the views. The south openings are protected by a covered area while both southwest (ground floor) and northwest (first floor) angles are glazed, giving protected areas between the structural pillars and the openings.
The stairs are the vertical core of the house and are open on the first steps with a wood panel receiving the light from a skylight.
The plan is organized to have a maximum of fluidity while requiring to the functional needs. The materials palette plays on white, glass, black, raw stone and a monochrome blue grey Moroccan tile “zellige”, with each of these materials playing a specific role. By this combination of space, light, textures and materials, the house tries to enhance the Casablanca spirit.