Bab El Sammarine Rehabilitation
As part of an agreement between the Fez Association of Rehabilitation (ADER) and AUB, we visited Morocco in order to give schematic proposals for ongoing rehabilitation projects in the old city of Fez. This experience was mind opening in terms of history, culture and vernacular architecture. Out of a possible 5 projects, my group selected a closed market, which used to be the Royal Stables of Fez. Bab el Sammarine, which also acted as a main circulation rout in and out of the New Medina was a very interesting vaulted and domed space that had a unique interplay of light through the multiple oculi found in the ceiling. The proposed brief was to rehabilitate the market into a warhorse exhibition, paying homage to the original function of the structure, while eliminating the current market. We decided to challenge the brief and find a way to maintain the market which is important to the general public that use it, while adding a new layer as the exhibition at a higher level, taking advantage of the 12 meter height within the building. This project was a challenge in terms of adaptive re-use, adding something new while upholding the integrity of the current structure.