Located on a breathtaking mountain in Tangier overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this private residence is a beautiful blend of traditional Moroccan style and contemporary architecture. Although the activities held within this complex were diverse and in turn so were the buildings in terms of their relevant proportions and distribution, the lighting approach remained consistent throughout the project. UMAYA consequently developed a ‘lighting prioritization’ for each individual building by taking into account the respective location within the general compound not to mention the intended usage.
UMAYA’s lighting design strategy comprised of two parts: (i) Highlighting the vocabulary of architectural elements complimented by (ii) overall ambient luminescence.
The Moroccan arch is a delicate combination of a patterned multi-foil curved structure and its capacity to span and cover significant volumetric spaces. The warm wash to the inner arch surfaces was intricate. On the one hand, UMAYA’s objective was to graze the surface texture thereby exposing its volume whilst also expressing the geometric patterns. On the other hand, we aimed to avoid excess light-spill to adjacent surfaces as a key strategy to enhancing the contrast between multiple architectural elements; thus resulting in an overall result that impacts the observer. The floral motifs (Arabesques) were gently grazed allowing the geometric shapes to take a subtle, yet attractive, position within the night-time configuration.
The Zellige tiling at the upstands was another visual component that was revealed adequately to mark the building boundaries and wash up the delicate pictorial greenish tiles. The visual connection between the architectural elements was balanced and the transition between the shades was smooth and appealing. Deliberate care in establishing the contrast ratios allowed to harmonize between the elements exposure and achieve an inviting ambient luminescence scheme.
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