Tighe Architecture

Tighe Architecture

Los Angeles, CA



Located where the desert meets the Atlantic Ocean at the northern-most tip of Africa, the Villa Skhirat is a sustainable, site-specific series of building components strategically placed within the spectacular seaside Moroccan landscape. The building is conceived as a continuation of the strata of the site.
A source of inspiration came from the clients’ love of the Atlas cedar tree, a symbol of immortality, purity and cleansing. The strength and structural logic of the tree is used as a catalyst for creating the natural forms of the reinforced concrete building. The branch-like structure is manifested as strands that become surfaces. The strands are once heavy and grounded firmly embedded into the landscape and become increasingly lighter as the system ascends and the necessity for the structure diminishes. The structural network that becomes the surface of the building is based on a geometry inspired by nature. The man-made reinforced concrete and the natural form of the tree become entwined in the design, or at the very least, in its genesis.
The fragmented structure at the top of the building serves as an armature from which the skylight is supported. The structural filigree is a filter for the ever-changing mosaics of light that illuminate the interior surfaces of the main building. The patterning of light changes throughout the day and from season to season.
The skin of the building explores various degrees of transparency and porosity as notions of privacy and exposure are investigated. Aperatures within the building envelope open allowing natrual ventilation. A layering of exterior surfaces incorporates an environmentally mindful building approach that provides both heat and sun protection.
A protected inner courtyard is framed by several building components. Various public and private entities intertwine creating distinct circulation paths.

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Status: Unbuilt