Step Inside a Totally Modern Casablanca Oasis

Judith Zeng

It is not each working day that a message on Facebook leads to an unbelievable redesign of a home, but that was indeed the circumstance for architect and interior designer Crina Arghirescu Rogard. “The house owners of this Casablanca villa gave me carte blanche to do a overall intestine renovation, inside and exterior,” she suggests. And though the bones of the dwelling were pretty modernist, the customers loved Arghirescu Rogard’s operate so a great deal that they had been open to every little thing she proposed.

“I’m a contextual architect, so I like to keep in brain the ecosystem where by the venture is found,” Arghirescu Rogard claims. “[But] the purchasers preferred an unconventional space in regard to Moroccan culture—they desired to get some of the official factors out of the classic configurations.” In buy to achieve this, Arghirescu Rogard was able to reconfigure the format of both flooring of the house and redesign the enclosed regions to make a seamless circulation. “The aim was to open the home to the exterior by having down walls and positioning tall home windows in locations that could give different layers of transparencies. And develop unexpected perspectives and vistas to slash as a result of the household without the need of revealing it in its entirety,” she adds. “For example, the olive tree behind the glass façade gets a backdrop for the sculptural staircase—the beating heart of the house—that alone guards the dwelling room’s privacy when allowing a warming flow of light-weight and air.”

Shades rule the day in this outside seating location.

For the interior style of the dwelling, Arghirescu Rogard drew inspiration from modernist masters this kind of as Carlo Scarpa and Jean-François Zevaco. “I considered that their pared-down, rigorous type would present a serene background that would boost the poetic energy of the blend of vintage and modern architectural and artistic pieces that are central to my observe.” Arghirescu Rogard enjoys to source vintage pieces in auction houses in Europe and the United States—a blend of large and low—though that proved complicated, as she labored on the task at the peak of the pandemic. Thankfully, she was delighted to discover so a lot of great items at the souks close to Morocco. “I located genuinely exclusive parts by the likes of Maria Pergay and Tobia Scarpa,” she states. “I think a finish undertaking is when you can have community things.”

Arghirescu Rogard also added to her palette the wealthy shades and textures of the country’s distinct craftsmanship, with distinctive plaster finishes as nicely as tailor made bronze and metallic items scattered all through the household. There is also a range of locally sourced fabrics and wools. “I see each place and every single project as a kind of artistic puzzle. I like to set up a refreshing dialogue between architecture, home furnishings, and objects that would generally not be paired alongside one another and however, when combined, produce unforeseen and harmonious artistic compositions,” Arghirescu Rogard suggests. “For me, each individual component of a residence or condominium is an opportunity for a fresh poetic eyesight.”

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