Winner in "Place Lalla Yeddouna" Competition in Fez, Morocco Announced Commune Urbaine de Fes
          Posted By Mario Cipresso

        • Morocco, Fez: March 19th, 2011:
          The winner of the International Design Project Competition for the Rehabilitation of Place Lalla Yeddouna in the Medina of Fes has just been identified: Mossessian & Partners, London/UK.
          The aim of the project is to revitalize Place Lalla Yeddouna, a public square and surrounding buildings at a central crossroads in the Medina of Fez, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. The key objective is to revitalize the site and its surroundings, adapting modern distinctive architecture into an area that is full of tradition, vibrancy and functional diversity. Physically the site comprises small alleyways, a nicely shaped square with a tree, a river, a bridge dating from the 14th and 15th Century, some dilapidated buildings that will be replaced and others that are historically and architecturally significant and will be rehabilitated. In the future the area of Place Lalla Yeddouna shall serve as a vibrant mixeduse urban hub for the community as well as visitors to the Medina. The site is expected to become a major catalyst for artisan development, with spaces for educational programs, residences, artisan production, shops, restaurants, cafés and other services. The new complex must support activities for youth and adults.
          Competition Procedure
          Between August and October 2010, approximately 1,400 architects from all over the world registered at the Competition website and expressed their interest in the project. Delegations from more than 100 architectural firms visited the site on September 30, 2010. At the beginning of November 2010, approximately 175 competition entries had been submitted anonymously. In December 2010 the international jury, including representatives of the Prime Ministers’ Office, the Ministry of Culture, the “Secrétariat d’État chargé de l’Artisanat”, the “Wilaya de la Région Fès Boulemane », the “Commune Urbaine de Fès” and the “Commune Urbaine Méchouar Fès Jdid” and the Conseil National de l’Ordre des Architectes du Maroc selected the eight projects with the greatest potential for further development in the second phase of the competition – the finalists. These eight participants were sponsored to carry out the second phase of the competition.
          On March 18, 2011, the jury chose the winner after an intense and open discussion. It was decided to allocate the following prizes, according to the competition rules:

          1st prize: USD 55,000 Mossessian & Partners, London/UK Michel Mossessian with Yassir Khalil Studio, Casablanca/Morocco Yassir Khalil

          2nd prize: USD 40,000 Ferretti-Marcelloni, Rome/Italy, Laura Valeria Ferretti, Maurizio Marcelloni and Bahia Nouh, Fez/Morocco
          3rd prize: USD 25,000 Moxon Architects, London/UK Ben Addy with Aime Kakon, Casablanca/Morocco 
          The jury unanimously recommends the promoter of the competition to commission the team of authors of the project that was awarded the first prize with the services as stated in the competition brief.

          Jury Members
          The jury was composed of notable and experienced international architects with qualifications in Islamic architecture, the Medina of Fez, cultural and historic preservation, urban design, landscape architecture and project feasibility, as well as officials representing the Moroccan authorities and Ambassador Samuel L. Kaplan of the United States of America. The jury was supported by a number of local and international technical, environmental experts and social specialists.

          The competition was managed by [phase eins]., Berlin (Germany).
          An exhibition of all design proposals of both phases opens free of charge at the Palais des Congrès in Fez on March 20, 2011 at 8 p.m.. The exhibition will run until Wednesday, March 30, 2011 and is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
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