Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur’s (BMCE)

Foster + Partners, Morocco, 2010

 

Subscribe now to instantly view this image

Subscribe to the Architects’ Journal (AJ) for instant access to the AJ Buildings Library, an online database of nearly 2,000 exemplar buildings in photographs, plans, elevations and details.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

 

Nigel Young/Foster + Partners (website)     Download Original

  •     
  •     
  •     
  •     
  •     
  •     
  •     
  •     
  •     
  •     
  •     
  •     
  •     
  •     
  • Site plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Long section    
  • Short section    
  • Northeast elevation    
  • Southeast elevation    

Regional flagship headquarters for Moroccan bank BMCE

One of several branches built using a modular approach to construction that allows variations in colour and scale according to each bank’s location.

The energy efficient building envelope is comprised of a series of bays repeated on a grid. The bays are enclosed by glazed panels and shaded by 200mm-deep screens made from low-iron steel, further minimising solar gain whilst also increasing security.

The concrete frame structure is crowned by a hemispherical dome, which extends down into the main body of the building and morphs fluidly into a seating area. The interior of the dome is rendered in tadelakt, a local plaster technique, whilst the outside is clad in traditional ceramic tiles.

The environmental strategy is also evident in the use of an 'earth tube', an electricity-free cooling system which draws in fresh air, cools it subterraneously and then releases it into the building.

Data

  • Begun: Feb 2009
  • Completed: Dec 2010
  • Floor area: 150m2
  • Sector: Office
  • Tender date: 2007
  • Address: Casablanca, Morocco, Morocco

Professional Team