18 March 2011
Haptic awarded Runner-Up in Place Lalla Yeddouna Competition
Haptic have been awarded Runner Up in the first phase of the international open competition for Place Lalla Yeddouna, a new neighbourhood in the medina of Fez el Bali, Morocco, which saw 176 entries.
The redevelopment of Place Lalla Yeddouna is inspired by the unique character of the city, its network of narrow streets and squares. From bustling Souks, stunning Medersa and inner tranquility of the Riads and Dars, the medina provides real variety and tantalises the senses.
The new masterplan responds specifically to the river, improving its relationship to existing and new buildings and the square through improved accessibility, active frontages and promoting pedestrian movement. A restaurant pavilion acts as the centrepiece to the square, which is visually and physically permeable, in vertical cedar wood fins. This will become an important meeting place for local residents and tourists, defining the new artisan hub.