Casablanca is a modern city in Morocco with a concentration of Art Deco and international style and modernist buildings which tries to draw a lot from the vernacular Moorish architecture of the area. It is a modern city which has undergone change in a short time from experimental lifestyle of the residents. The city urban planning is also undergoing reorganization hence the Casa Port Station fits well into the plans of the city.
The Casa Port railway link was inaugurated by King Mohammed VI of Morocco as a crowning achievement for Morocco’s transportation network’s modern heritage. The project creates a high speed rail link between Tangiers and Casablanca. It is located in the core of the city neighboring the city’s port, the marina and Hassan II Mosque and offers on-site commercial and leisure services to its users.
The Casa Port station never served the function of a gateway into the city and always remained in the shadow.
AREP needed to fill a void in the city’s waterfront image. They were to design the station to:
The Casa Port Station now serves as a hub for inter modal transport.
The project consists of three buildings: an underground parking lot, a passenger building and a building which houses the ONCF services located nearby.
The project has free flowing spaces with natural light coming from the atrium and the large covered masharabiya façade in the exterior western front. The masharbiya are made of prefabricated concrete panels which gives the project a vernacular look with a modernist interpretation.
The roof is clad in wood planks increasing thermal comfort in the building. The roof is supported in metal frame columns tapered with an an upper palm-shaped structure. The roof then is covered with asphalt sealing and a copper foil finishing.
As part of the same project, the existing railway installations were renovated and adapted to optimum use matching the traffic evolution.
The International Airport of Marrakech-Menara serves international flights from and to Europe as well as domestic flights. It is located 6 km southwest of downtown city center and 7km of the Djemaa el-Fna.