Mikou Design Studio designed place Florence in Fez, Morocco. The outdoor space consists of eight lattice structures positioned in a circular form around a garden. At night the structures are illuminated with many LED lights reflecting the shadows of lace.
Florence Square is situated in a strategic area in the new town of Fez. The square is structured by a main urban axis, a broad boulevard with a central island generating an important pedestrian flow. The remodeling of Florence Square in Fez aims to create a space for encounters and meetings at a pedestrian scale and the scale of the neighborhood, but also a place clearly identifiable as a representative part of the modern Fez.
This symbolic place evokes Florence to the people of Fez, inspires and moves them. It is a vehicle for dialogue between cultures and recalls the journey of architectural forms.
In designing the square, we were inspired by a strong and symbolic figure in the Florentine urban landscape, the octagonal form of the Baptistery of San Giovanni. We felt it essential to bring strong architectural elements to Florence square to give it an urban presence and limit it spatially.
Architect : Mikou Design Studio
Salwa Mikou, Selma Mikou, Cécile Jalby, Iskra Pencheva, Gwenaël Jerrett, Ludivine Specht
Client : City of Florence
Programme : Urban piazza and underground parking
Budget : 5 M €
Surface: 10 000 m2
Location : Fez
Date : competition 2008 / Completion 2011
Mikou Design Studio, is a young and succesfull architecture office founded in 2005 by sisters Selwa en Salma Mikou based in paris, France. The two partners, Salwa and Selma Mikou were born in Fes Marocco in 1975. After attending school in Paris (Paris Belleville) and Lausanne (EPFL), they received their diploma on Architecture and Urban design in 2000. During 2000 to 2005 they worked at RPBW (Renzo Piano Building workshop) and AJN (Ateliers Jean Nouvel) where they were in charge of international projects.
Mikou Design Studio is currently involved in a large number of projects throughout France, Germany, Brazil and Morocco, with a focus on cultural, educational buildings, housing and offices.
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