Envisioned as a village within a circle, the pavilions designed by the firm of Tarik Oualalou and Linna Choi, working out of offices in Casablanca and Paris, were the venue of the 2023 World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings, held from 9 to 15 October in Marrakech.
Thought out to accommodate 14,000 people for a week, the design of the premises also reflects on the possibilities that a temporary urban plan presents. The 48 wooden constructions are slated for reuse after the event, adapted to serve as educational facilities in Morocco.
Broken up into four zones to organize the various activities and offices, the complex is arranged around a main street, protected by tautened structures modeled on the traditional tents of the moussem, an annual harvest festival in the Maghreb that combines religion and culture, attended by a variety of nomadic groups with the aim of celebrating together and forming alliances. Executed with prefabricated panels of reddish-toned rammed earth, which are fixed to a steel structure, the Moroccan pavilion invites visitors to explore the country’s history and rich culture.