Issy Valley Improvement, Aït Mansour Morocco Buildings, West Moroccan Landscape Architecture Photos

Issy Valley Improvement, Aït Mansour

17 June 2022

Design: Architect Salima Naji

Location: Issy Valley, Aït Mansour, West Morocco, Northwest Africa

Issy Valley Improvement Landscape Design

General view of HUB 3 showing the pool and the children’s playground:
Issy Valley Improvement pool and the children's playground

Photos by Amine Houari

Issy Valley Improvement, Aït Mansour in western Morocco

One part of a large government-sponsored hydro-agricultural project for the valley, this initial phase of the project focuses on the improvement of trails and facilities for rural tourists whilst improving the palm orchards and water reservoirs/collectors.

This ongoing project spans over 14 kilometres through the scenic Issy Valley in the Anti-Atlas. Its goal is to revitalise the area through sustainable tourism:
Issy Valley Improvement, Aït Mansour, Morocco

The beginning, centre and terminus of a 14-kilometre trail have been created as stone-paved circles, all using traditional techniques and materials by labourers from the 2,500 residents of the valley.

The project is resolutely focused on preserving the landscape, ecosystem, culture and architecture of the valley. Heritage is not perceived as a solidified mythical past but rather as a context-specific resource to answer contemporary challenges:
Issy Valley Improvement, Aït Mansour, Morocco

Lighting, benches, toilet facilities and signage have been installed, and some of the existing tourist facilities along the trail have been improved.

Issy Valley Improvement, Aït Mansour, Morocco

All of the interventions are minimal and seek to be “invisible” within the existing landscape and settlements.

The project aims to built with local materials and techniques in order to preserve the existing ancestral landscape:
Issy Valley Improvement, Aït Mansour, Morocco

Aerial view of the large pool in HUB 3:
Issy Valley Improvement, Aït Mansour, Morocco

Detail of the stone edge of the pool in HUB 3:
Issy Valley Improvement, Aït Mansour, Morocco

Master plan showing the six HUBs:
Issy Valley Morocco river plan
Drawing: Inside Outside

Three of the six sites (HUBs) redeveloped by the architects have been completed. The traditional stone oil mill still in use in the sixth HUB.

Issy Valley Improvement – Property Information

Title: Issy Valley Improvement
Award Cycle: 2020-2022 Cycle
Status: Shortlisted

Location: Aït Mansour, Morocco
Client: Touristic Development Society of Souss-Massa
Architect: Salima Naji
Completed: 2020
Country of origin: Morocco

Photos: Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Amine Houari (photographer)

2022 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Shortlist

Issy Valley Improvement, Aït Mansour images / information received 020622 from the Aga Khan Award for Architecture – AKAA

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