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In 1958, the newly independent Morocco opened a brand new modernist resort 12 km away from Fez: the Sidi Harazem Thermal Bath Complex. The architect was Jean-Francois Zevaco.
The location of the hot springs have already been mentioned in the 16th century as an ‘earthly paradise’ by Leon Africanus.
The spa was the first large infrastructure project unveiled after the country’s independence. Bu in the past 30 years, the site was gradually neglected with poor maintenance leading to a close of its central features: a market, a courtyard and a set of bungalows.
Recently, Aziza Chaouni and her practice received the Getty Foundation’s annual ‘Keeping It Modern’ grant, which awarded her USD 150,000 to “preserve the complex’s architectural significance while reimagining the location as a dynamic tourist center.” Leading a team of experts, Chaouni intends to not only return the spa to its raw concrete splendor.
If you are in Rabat, do not miss the exhibition at the Galerie Espace Expressions CDG, Place Moulay El Hassan (until September 7th). #Design #Architecture #SidiHarazem #ThermalBath #JeanFrancoisZevaco #Maroc #Fez #Fes #Morocco #AzizaChaouni #Rabat #Concrete #Brutalist