The Villa K, Marrakesh by Studio Ko

A silent block of earth on the edge of a sloppy land.


All images and information courtesy of Studio Ko; © by Studio Ko; All images by Daniel Glaser

The Villa K, Tagadert Berber Village, Marrakesh

The Villa K was designed with a true respect towards its landscape. The land, a long North-South stripe of rocks and sand, with a slope on both sides, gentle to the south and steep to the west, creates a strong matrix for the project.


Image by Daniel Glaser

Located at the very end of a traditional village facing the Atlas Mountains, its earth blocks create an enigmatic first impression when seen from below. Echoing old surrounding houses, those volumes constitute the ultimate built layer of the village before the great emptiness.


Image by Daniel Glaser

After reaching the main level located on top of an outdoor stairway, a black infinity pool brings the sight far south. Crossing the pool, in a not-entirely orthogonal angle, the house lies, single storey building protected from the sun by a cantilevered pergola made of iron and raw cedar wood, surprisingly wide open onto the scenery.


Image by Daniel Glaser

The simplicity of the design enables to experience a very intimate relationship to Morocco : endless wheat fields, sheep grazing peacefully, a wadi twisting among the centennial olive trees by a not-so-far oases.


Image by Daniel Glaser

The sharp swimming pool reminds of those old watering basins existing in the surroundings. It stretches itself as to reach and embrace the mountainous skyline, making it the point of its own geometrical composition.


Image by Daniel Glaser

While nature around changes, from green winters to golden colored harvesting season, from dry and sandy summers to muddy rainy winter days, the Villa K remains the same.

A silent block of earth on the edge of a sloppy land.


Image by Daniel Glaser


Image by Daniel Glaser


Image by Daniel Glaser


Villa K – Mass Plan


Villa K – Basement


Villa K – Ground Floor
1- Entrance
2- Loggia
3- Living room & dining room
4- Kitchen
5- Terrace
6- Bedroom
7- Bathroom
8- Swimming pool

Architect: Studio Ko;

2 comments to The Villa K, Marrakesh by Studio Ko

  • This is incredibly beautiful, but I have to object to the term “sloppy” to describe the surrounding Moroccan countryside. It is *not* sloppy, it has an order all its own, if you take the time to look for it. That’s why the order of this structure works so well, because it’s not entirely opposite its surroundings – it shares elements with it, instead.

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