Issy Valley Improvement - AKDN
This ongoing project spans over 14 kilometres through the scenic Issy Valley in the Anti-Atlas. Its goal is to revitalise the area through sustainable tourism.| Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Amine Houari (photographer)
The project is resolutely focused on preserving the landscape, ecosystem, culture and architecture of the valley. Heritage is not perceived as a solidified mythical past but rather as a context-specific resource to answer contemporary challenges. | Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Amine Houari (photographer)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Amine Houari (photographer)

Three of the six sites (HUBs) redeveloped by the architects have been completed. | Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Amine Houari (photographer)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Amine Houari (photographer)

View of the traditional stone oil mill still in use in the sixth HUB. | Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Amine Houari (photographer)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Amine Houari (photographer)

All of the interventions are minimal and seek to be "invisible" within the existing landscape and settlements. | Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Amine Houari (photographer)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Amine Houari (photographer)

The project aims to built with local materials and techniques in order to preserve the existing ancestral landscape. | Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Amine Houari (photographer)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Amine Houari (photographer)

Aerial view of the large pool in HUB 3. | Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Amine Houari (photographer)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Amine Houari (photographer)

Detail of the stone edge of the pool in HUB 3. | Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Amine Houari (photographer)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Amine Houari (photographer)

General view of HUB 3 showing the pool and the children's playground. | Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Amine Houari (photographer)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Amine Houari (photographer)

Master plan showing the six HUBs. | Drawing Inside Outside

Drawing Inside Outside

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Issy Valley Improvement

Award Cycle: 2020-2022 Cycle

Country of origin: Morocco

Location: Aït Mansou, Morocco

Client: Touristic Development Society of Souss-Massa

Architect: Salima Naji

Completed: 2020