Client U.S. Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO)
Size 6.9 acres
The site design for the new U.S. Consulate in Casablanca draws on the typology of the traditional Medina walled garden. At its center is the Consulate building surrounded by three distinct garden spaces associated with three groups of programs: staff and official visitors, consulate services, and students visiting Dar America.
Volumes were carved from the upper floors of the Consulate building creating “skygardens,” extending building functions to outdoor terraces for dining, recreation and formal gatherings.
At the center of the building is a three story gallery space connected to the “skygardens,” that serves as the heart of the building. The building form is unified by a perforated stainless steel skin of varying facets and opacity whose design is influenced by traditional Moroccan craft.