COP22 Village Marrakesh
Year of construction
Name of the client/building owner
Comité de pilotage de la COP 22
- Function of building
Degree of enclosure
Arid - dry and hot all year
Number of layers
Type of application of the membrane
Primary function of the tensile structure
- Sun protection
The design of the exhibition grounds is based upon a temporary urbanism created by the installation of a village of canopies, entirely demountable and reusable. The exhibitions grounds were constructed within a span of five months on an empty piece of land, facing both the historical wall of the city and the Atlas Mountains. The main axis of the site connects to two of the principal roads of the city. The central spine, 680m long and 18m wide, unites all the elements of the program and is covered by a gigantic canopy along its entire length.
The tent is a primitive and universal form of architecture that speaks to the common needs of man on this planet. The enormous tented structure over the central space covers 12.000m² and arises from a collaboration between OUALALOU+CHOI and the manufacturer Serge Ferrari. The first series of design sketches were made by Group Alto, consulting engineer for the concept design of this spine of canopies.
The prestressed membrane is of an openwork design to create an effect of transparency while still remaining completely waterproof. The COP22 provided the opportunity to create an innovative tensile project, both in terms of its structure and its materiality.
Description of the environmental conditions
Material of the cover
Ferrari precontraint WP392
Main dimensions and form
Covered surface (m2)
Duration of use
Temporary or permanent structure
Convertible or mobile