Casablanca Finance City Tower by Morphosis

Casablanca Finance City Tower

Casablanca Finance City Tower
Image © Morphosis

Casablanca is expanding its historical role as the gateway to the continent, through government-driven plans that will open untapped markets in francophone Africa to international investment.

Casablanca Finance City Tower
Image © Morphosis

In the model of Paris’ La Defense, the Casablanca Finance City initiative transforms a blank satellite site – a razed airport southwest of the city center – into a new business district and special economic zone inviting global firms to Morocco.

Casablanca Finance City Tower
Image © Morphosis

The first tower planned has a critical role in the development, symbolizing Morocco’s vision for the future and setting precedents in building performance, scale, and style for a city that does not yet exist.

Casablanca Finance City Tower
Image © Morphosis

This dual role as symbol and precedent informs the design of Casablanca Finance City tower and prompted a focus on creating urban gestures at both a macro and micro scale, at the plane of the sky and the plane of the street.

Casablanca Finance City Tower
Image © Morphosis

A tapered crown realizes the tower’s function as a new icon for the city; by mirroring this apex downward, the building engages the lower urban landscape with communal programming and distinctive public space.

Casablanca Finance City Tower
Image © Morphosis

This inverted double-crown allows the building to simultaneously serve as a symbol of the city’s development and as a social node that nurtures an active streetlife in the district.

Casablanca Finance City Tower
Image © Morphosis

The open site creates an unusual opportunity in otherwise dense Casablanca to highlight the figurative and sustainable relationship between building and the natural environment.

Casablanca Finance City Tower
Image © Morphosis

The tower’s base touches lightly upon the landscape; a brise-soleil system wraps the building against the desert sun while maintaining views to the city. Working with the climate and minimizing the ecological impact, the tower sets a standard for contextually-specific performance strategies in future development. Source by Morphosis.

Casablanca Finance City Tower
Image © Morphosis

Location: Casablanca, Morocco
Architects: Morphosis
Local Architect: Omar Alaoui Architectes
Structural Concepts: Thornton Tomasetti Group, Inc.
Structural: MEP Engineer
Tractebel Engineering: (GDF Suez)
Mechanical Electrical Plumbing Engineer: Arup
Tractebel Engineering (GDF Suez)
LEED Consultant: Artelia Batiment & Industrie
Facade Consultant: Ingeniere de L’Enveloppe
Sustainability: Transsolar
Facade Consultant: VS-A Architectes d.p.l.g
Lighting Design: Tillotson Design Associates
Acoustics: Tractebel Engineering (GDF Suez)
IT/AV/Security: Tractebel Engineering (GDF Suez)
Fire, Life Safety, and Code Consultan: Tractebel Engineering (GDF Suez)
Vertical Transportation: Tractebel Engineering (GDF Suez)
Cost Estimator: Davis Langdon, Oger International
Construction Manager: Artelia Batiment & Industrie
Client: Casablanca Finance City
Area: 226,042 gross sq ft / 20,999 gross sq m
Year Construction: 2014 – 2017
Images: Courtesy of Morphosis

Casablanca Finance City Tower
tower Morphology
Casablanca Finance City Tower
Ground Floor Plan
Casablanca Finance City Tower
Level 2 Floor Plan
Casablanca Finance City Tower
Level 19 Floor Plan

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *