International architecture firm Morphosis is on track for completion of the Casablanca Finance City Tower in Morocco
Collaborative architectural practice Morphosis has recently unveiled the design for the Casablanca Finance City Tower. As the city expands its role as the gateway to the African continent, the Casablanca Finance City initiative transforms a blank satellite site – a razed airport southwest of the city centre – into a new business district and special economic zone inviting global firms to Morocco.
With the idea of creating a new architectural landmark for the city, Morphosis has designed a tower that symbolises Morocco's vision for the future and sets precedents in building performance, scale, and style for a city that does not yet exist. A key element of the building is the iconic crown that realises the tower's function as a new icon for the city. By mirroring the apex downward, the building engages the lower urban landscape with communal programming and distinctive public space.
A brise-soleil system wraps the building against the desert sun while maintaining views to the city, creating a striking facade in the otherwise dense Casablanca city. With 21,000 sq-m of office space, construction is expected to be completed in 2017.