Sorec Horse Park in Morocco
Natural elements crafted the architecture to create a compact building that connects horse, people and nature. The site is organized to allow people to enjoy horse track as a park while seeing the race in the backdrop. The placement of the building and the car park allow the central green space to be maximized. The circulation separates better, VIP, park visitors and jockey, but places of interests like the presentation round and horse walking path will connect everything together.
The twisted form was inspired by horse movement but also reacts to the solar condition and view optimization. It is both emotional and scientific. The use of repetitive trust system allows the overall skin to twist without producing custom made items to keep construction cost reasonable. The materials are locally sources in morocco to keep a low carbon footprint while allowing to building to fit nicely into Rabat’s context.
The landscape is worked out in passive and active design. Solar panel are added to all car parks to allow the parking to become a solar farm. The carbon saved in one year over traditional electricity is closed to 2.5 million ton of carbon. Passive design like natural berm and xeriscaping allow minimal operation and separation of polluted water from rain water.
The interior of the space is organized to allow exclusive and inclusive experiences. VIP, Public and Jockey have a clear zoning in section. The canopy is designed to be self-shaded so that the grand stand won’t receive glaring condition. The skin is perforated at 5 % to allow sun light into the space in a dramatic way, while reducing heat gain to its minimum. Natural circulation occurs throughout the ground floor and the circulation cavity to take advantage of the natural breeze coming from the
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Iliass Abou El Fath El Fatih
2020 A’ Design Award – Gold Award in Landscape and Urban Planning Cateogory