With this project we want to support moroccan women. Highlighting both the great literary tradition of female writers in the country but also the problem of low literacy. We have designed Women Writers Community – a place where Moroccan women can live, learn and share their knowledge.
Women Writers Community is a hub for literature and writing, placed in the rural arid area of Morocco, in a town called Tamnougalt. The building provides accommodation, educational facilities and a place to meet and share knowledge. The design is a reinterpretation of local building traditions and Islamic art.
The building has been carefully set into the exiting dense urban fabric. Both blending in and bringing novel qualities. The native color of the blue box is designed to attract, invite and engage women – but not least to give the viewer a hint of something else, something new.
The building is divided into three blocks, the living, the learning and the sharing. The living and the learning shapes two courtyards, one hot and one cool, and the sharing connects them, physically and visually. These two courtyards have great benefits for the building, both climatically and socially. The concept derived from regional building traditions and is used for making thermal comfort in the hot desert climate. By having a temperature difference in the courtyards an airflow is created. The air travels from cool to warm and thus creating a cross-ventilation.
The living area is in two floors placed to the west. It encloses its sun shaded, cool and green courtyard. The learning area is placed on the east side of the building close to the public square. The volume surrounds the hot courtyard which is decorated with colorful tiles and will be a nice spot during the colder winter season. In between is the blue box – the sharing area. With its organic wood structure filled with books we wish to inspire the women to read, but also to create a nice place for meetings and discussions. The three different blocks in the Women Writers Community are connected on both floors by a walkway which allows walking in the shape of an infinity sign.
My Brandt, Tilde Haremst, ASEN05, 2016