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BCME Headquarters, Morocco, Foster   Partners

02 Apr 2011

I’m always fascinated to see how modern (and specifically Western) architects find new ways to interpret traditional Middle Eastern architecture.


This strikingly beautiful building for BMCE (Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur) has recently opened in Rabat, Morocco and is the first project to be completed in Africa by London-based architects Foster + Partners.

BMCE (Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur), Rabat, Morocco by Foster + Partners
BMCE (Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur), Rabat, Morocco by Foster + Partners
BMCE (Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur), Rabat, Morocco by Foster + Partners
BMCE (Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur), Rabat, Morocco by Foster + Partners
BMCE (Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur), Rabat, Morocco by Foster + Partners
BMCE (Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur), Rabat, Morocco by Foster + Partners

Lord Foster commented:

“The BMCE flagship branches – our first completed buildings in Africa – reinterpret elements of traditional Moroccan architecture, combining these with a contemporary interior that reflects the Bank’s progressive approach to its customers. This blend of ancient principles and modern technology is also reflected in an energy efficient design. The result is a series of buildings that are sustainable and each one, uniquely, of its place.”

Photography: Nigel Young
Architecture: Foster + Partners

Via ArchDaily



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James Mattison is a British senior graphic designer based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) with a special interest in all things nicely put together.