The masterplan of the Euro-Mediterrenan University is based on four fundamental concepts that connect the campus to the city of Fez and the Euro-Mediterranean region:
1. The creation of a public platform at the entrance to the campus. This display of the university’s work and research showcases the focus on sustainability of the campus. The public zone acts as an interface between the city and the university, and between the public and the students/professors. It establishes the campus as an active element of social and urban development within the suburban area that surrounds it.
2. The preservation of the olive grove and its extension throughout the site. Olive trees, highly symbolic, relfect the immediate agricultural context of the site and relate to the identity of the city of Fez, of Morocco, and of the mediterranean region. Our project aims to harness this space as a controlled zone of productive organic agriculture, but also as a garden for leisure. Additionally, it contributes to the creation of a microclimate that moderates the comfort of outdoor spaces.
3. The reinterpretation of principles of urbanism common in North and South mediterranean traditions, namely: those of the dense and homogenous urban fabric, pedestrian networks intertwined throughout, and the hierchary between public and private spaces.
4. The building with a courtyard as a base unit: Our extensive research led us to the conclusion that the courtyard, so typical of Fez, is the architectural form most suitable for the climate. The simplicity of this form also allows the most adaptability to the various uses.
Considering both the speed of execution and the economic benefits, form is kept as a consistent language across the campus. Adaptions were made according to each program, including altering the proportions of the courtyard based on if the use needs more light or shade.
Team: Aziza Chaouni, Robyn Withwam, Mani Tabrizi (ACP) | NADAAA | Sasaki Associates | OAA | Atelier Ten