Canadian Architects to Redesign Casablanca Coast

Canadian Architects to Redesign Casablanca Coast

Constance Renton
Aerial view of King Hassan II mosque of Casablanca August 27. The mosque, built on land gained from the sea, combines high tech and ornate Moslem tradition and has an estimated cost of $500 million. inaugurated Aug 30 - RTXEYJ1

TorontoA Canadian architecture firm, Lemay, has won an international competition to redesign corniches of Casablanca’s coastline, according to Leisure Management.

The contest was launched in June of 2016 by Casa Amenagement and invited bids from all over the world. Lemay’s winning design was chosen for its successful juxtaposition of sustainable development methods with modern urban design.

The design was chosen for its echoing of the classic Islamic garden style, incorporating overlapping layers of landscaping and grey water irrigation. The Lemay design will showcase resort areas, walkways, outdoor sports facilities and observation points.

The redesign will elevate five kilometres of the dramatic Casablanca coastline to a “layered sensory experience.” When completed it will form a leisurely seaside promenade from the sea to the city and back again. It’s a design guaranteed to make it a new Moroccan landmark.

The first phase is slated to begin construction any day. The entire project will be completed by July of 2018. Phase one will consist of a promenade along the King Hassan II Mosque and the Ain Diab corniche. The promenade will feature unspecified attractions, water features and light elements.

The project’s cost is projected to be USD $19.4 million. Lemay will be collaborating on the project with Moroccan company Geodata, specialists in topography and engineering.

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