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malka architecture constructs reusable buildings for COP22


malka architecture constructs reusable buildings for COP22 climate summit in marrakech

french architect stéphane malka has realized two temporary buildings at the COP22 climate conference in marrakech, morocco. both structures seek to respond to the country’s architecture and unique climate through the reinterpretation of traditional construction techniques. in keeping with the event’s message of sustainability, the buildings will be reused after the summit and distributed to local associations.


all images by laurent clement

the first scheme, ‘ark22′, has been designed by malka architecture as a hybrid between lightweight structure and monumental installation. conceived as a ‘pointillist composition’, the building is made of identical wooden elements without the need for any trimming or architectural siding. sourced from local forests, the stacked timber components both conceal the interior, and protect it from the region’s hot sun.


‘ark22′ is a hybrid of lightweight structure and monumental installation

the building’s construction method results in it taking on a different appearance depending on where it is viewed from. a large arch has been cut out of the center of the structure’s primary façade – a dramatic opening formed with a layered composition of elevations. the light and flexible wooden structure is to be entirely dismantled after the event and rebuilt as a local school.


a dramatic opening is formed using a layered composition of elevations

the second building designed by stéphane malka is ‘agora22′, two symmetrical restaurants realized in the rural vernacular tradition. the scheme includes multiple patios, verandas, and skylights, providing sheltered atria for meetings and impromptu encounters. meanwhile, rooftop terraces afford unprecedented views of the surrounding landscape. as with ‘ark22′, ‘agora22′ is constructed from sustainably sourced materials. the predominant use of OSB ensured flexibility during construction, and also means that it will be easy to dismantle post-event.


the wooden structure is to be dismantled after the event and rebuilt as a local school


‘agora22′ comprises two symmetrical restaurant buildings


the structures have been realized in the rural vernacular tradition


the scheme includes multiple patios, verandas, and skylights


the building is constructed from sustainably sourced materials


rooftop terraces afford views of the surrounding landscape


the predominant use of OSB ensured flexibility during construction


the buildings will be reused after the summit and distributed to local associations

philip stevens I designboom

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