The primary objective of the new Embassy of Canada to Morocco is to project an image of Canada internationally, through its creativity and culture as well as its innovation and expertise. This building is intended to be a symbol of democracy, both expressing its openness to the world and its human dimension, and showcasing an industrialized country by highlighting its technology and creativity. But, with its emphasis on the fusion of building and landscape in a sort of interlace of gardens and structure, it is also designed to mirror a country of natural beauty and wide open spaces.
Global Affairs Canada
3 000 m2
Majid Lahbabi, architecte
This building is intended to be a symbol of democracy, both expressing its openness to the world and its human dimension, and showcasing an industrialized country by highlighting its technology and creativity.
The new embassy is primarily a vehicle for diplomacy, stressing the importance of relations between Canada and Morocco as well as the scope of their trade and public affairs. A model of respect for the environment, it presents a vision of openness and accessibility, yet still satisfies all security requirements. A symbol of relations between the two countries, this project is the expression of a dialogue between two parties, Morocco and Canada.
The Moroccan-style structure is introverted and opaque, built of masonry and stone to reflect Moroccan customs. The surrounding garden is inspired by local traditions of privacy, and is laid out around bushes and palm trees. The perimeter walls further enhance the sense of intimacy. The extroverted, transparent Canadian-style building, meanwhile, is built from wood, glass and metal and opens out onto a splendid garden. Designed around a water theme, it is enclosed by a trellis allowing an unobstructed view—a space that is intended to be seen.