The 25-story Casablanca Finance City Tower has become the first project to be completed in the newly-established Casablanca Finance City, a new business district being developed in Morocco's Anfa District.
The Casablanca Finance City Tower’s design draws on the openness of the surrounding area, which gave the designers the opportunity in an otherwise dense city to highlight the relationship between the building and the natural environment.
“The Casablanca Finance City Tower and its innovative design was conceived to have long-lasting impact and to signal a new era of economic prosperity for Morocco,” said Morphosis Founding Partner Thom Mayne in a release. “This tower brings together a range of global industries in the heart of the country, galvanizing international investment in North Africa, while also providing a template for the future development of the district as it continues to grow.”
A brise-soleil system wraps the building to protect against the sun while allowing the building to harness external elements to regulate natural light, air, and temperatures internally. The facade draws inspiration from traditional geometric patterned mosaics and wooden latticework screens characteristic of Moroccan architecture.
A tapered crown tops the 400-foot structure, while at street level the building engages the lower urban landscape with exterior public programming that invites the community into adjacent public spaces. This allows the building to serve as both a symbol of the city’s development and as a social hub that nurtures an active street life in the district.
Casablanca Finance City Tower is designed to achieve all LEED Gold certification.