Morocco – London-based architects Foster + Partners have completed their first buildings in Africa – a series of headquarters for Moroccan bank BMCE.
The buildings feature a modular system that enables each of them to be adapted in colour and scale to suit its location. Locally sourced materials such as black granite and grey limestone have been used, and each branch has an ‘earth tube’ – an electricity-free cooling system that uses fresh air naturally cooled by underground pipes to ventilate the interior.
A special low-iron stainless steel was used for the geometric screens that surround the concrete frame, which means they don’t heat up in the sun, and provide shade and security for the interior.
Architects are increasingly designing modular structures that can be adapted to suit their surroundings. For more information, see our Betatechture micro trend.