City Tower of Sand | City Sand Tower | BASURAL

In this flat extension, it is difficult to understand the tower at first glance. At this distance, it seems to be a rock. As it approaches the landscape widens, the climate is softened by the shadows cast on the ground.

Looking up, we see a tower with an interior covered with vegetation. A hotel, houses, shops, a panoramic restaurant, a meteorological observatory, a desert museum, offices ... These temperate zones enjoy views of the vast expanse of the desert outside and towards the vertical garden inside. You can also practice sports, swim in a pool, pray in a sacred place into the cloudless sky. Exterior facades, very protective, ocher, come into resonance with this very special site. They consist of shadows and sensors that produce the energy needs of life and the cooling tower. Now it forms a milestone in the desert and created a new life by the way of transforming the extreme characteristics of its energy of climatic sources and freshness.

This is not a tower, it is a vertical town that is totally autonomous, self-sufficient efficient and has a vertical farm inside, which makes it more independent.

SURFACE: 780 000 m2 with height: 450 m
LOCATION: sáhara, Maroc
SITUATION: in study.
Program: hotels, houses, shops, restaurant, meteorological observatory, desert museum, offices
Project team: Manal Rachdi OXO ARQUITECTOS asociados with NICOLAS LAISNE ASSOCIES.

In this flat expanse, it is difficult to understand the tower at the first glence. This distance, it seems to be a rock. Approaching the landscape widens, the climate softened through the shadows projected on the ground.

This is a tower, it's a vertical city that is fully autonomous, its energy self-efficient and has a vertical farm inside, that makes it more independent

SURFACE : 780 000 m2
height: 450 m
LIEU: sahara, Maroc
STATUS: under study.
Program: hotel, housing, shops, restaurant, meteorological observatory, museum of desert, offices > Oxo architects

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