THE URBAN INTERIOR.
Competition proposal designed in collaboration with Ryan Ludwig, founder of Adaptation of Parts, for a craft market.
The approach of the project is one of contextual integration, through an understanding of the immediate as well as larger urban fabric of the city of Fez, while concurrently providing a novel space of experience for both the local inhabitants and tourists alike.
Through an elevation of the building program 4.5m above the ground plane a new public urban space is generated underneath. It’s anticipated that this space would be predominantly used as a flexible market space, but could also accommodate larger gatherings of mixed community events. Elevating the program also allows for the building mass to shade the space below allowing for use throughout all times of the day.
The aim is to maintain an experience of density while also liberating the ground plane from the traditional load bearing wall construction that currently dominates the urban field.
Recognizing the value of the Place Lalla Yeddouna’s architectural and regional building character as well as being a center for artisan works, the Elevated Grid proposal seeks to integrate with, as well as positively redefine the Medina as a unique destination space within the old city of Fez and the region in general.