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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

BMCE Bank Branches in Rabat, Casablanca and Fes, Morocco by Foster and Partners Architect

 
April 6th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

The first regional headquarters branches for Moroccan bank, BMCE (Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur) have opened in Rabat and Casablanca, with a further branch in Fez due to complete shortly – they are the first buildings by Foster + Partners to be completed in Africa. The banks’ contemporary interior is wrapped by a traditional, energy efficient envelope and their design is based on a modular system, which utilises local materials and craftsmanship to create a striking new emblem for BMCE.

BMCE Bank Branches

  • Architects: Foster and Partners Architect
  • Project: BMCE Bank Branches
  • Location: Rabat, Casablanca and Fes, Morocco
  • Client: BMCE Bank (Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur)
  • Collaborating Architects: Amine Mekouar, Karim Rouissi-Empreinte d’Architecte

BMCE Bank Branches

  • Main Contractor: TGCC
  • Cost/Project Managers: Cap Advise
  • Structural Engineers: Buro Happold, Ateba
  • Mechanical Engineers: Buro Happold
  • Landscape Architect: Michel Desvigne
  • Lighting Consultant: George Sexton Associates
  • Appointment: 2007
  • Construction: February 2009- December 2010
  • Gross Area: Rabat – 655m², Casablanca – 370m², Fes – 750m²
  • Internal Net Area: Rabat – 300m², Casablanca – 200m², Fes – 340m²

Image Courtesy Nigel Young

  • Site Area: Rabat – 960m², Casablanca – 500m², Fes – 1280m²
  • Typical Gross Floor Area: Rabat – 240m², Casablanca – 150m², Fes – 210m²
  • Building Height: 11m
  • Number of storeys: 3
  • No. of Offices: Rabat – 6, Casablanca – 2, Fes – 8
  • Structure: Reinforced concrete
  • Cladding: Glazed aluminium façade, Stainless steel panels, Domes clad in Zellige (traditional ceramic tiling)
  • Sustainability: Vernacular earth tube device, Solar panels, Natural ventilation
  • Foster + Partners Team: Norman Foster, David Nelson, Stefan Behling, Michael Jones, Kate Murphy, Ingrid Solken, Tommaso Franchi, Charles Di Piazza, Lara Thresher, Giuseppe Giacoppo, Rana Mezher, Susana Sousa, Benedicte Artault, Judith Kernt, Ben Cowd

Image Courtesy Nigel Young

The design follows a ‘kit-of-parts’ approach, with variations in colour and scale according to the bank’s location. Each building comprises a concrete frame, with an entrance colonnade and a series of bays repeated on a modular grid. The bays are enclosed by glazed panels and 200mm-deep screens, which provide shade and security. The screens are cut from sheets of stainless steel – a special low-iron mixture that does not heat up in the sun – which are curved to create a geometric design, based on traditional Islamic patterns.

Image Courtesy Nigel Young

The branches are designed to be highly energy efficient and use locally-sourced materials, such as black granite and grey limestone. All BMCE flagship branches feature an ‘earth tube’, an electricityfree cooling system: fresh air is drawn into an empty pipe that encircles the building underground, where it is naturally cooled by the earth and released into the branch.

Interior View

The dome, a recurrent element in each bank, is a reference to the design of a number of new schools in Morocco, which have received philanthropic support from BMCE Bank Foundation. The interior of the dome is rendered in tadelakt, a local plaster technique, while the exterior is clad in zellige, traditional ceramic tiles. The dome form sweeps down into the banking hall to create a sculptural curved bench.

Interior View

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.”

Front of BMCE Bank

Image Courtesy Nigel Young

Image Courtesy Nigel Young

Interior View

Image Courtesy Nigel Young

Image Courtesy Nigel Young

Image Courtesy Nigel Young

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