Anyone who has ever traveled to Morocco will remember the terraced homes, the verdant Atlas mountains, and an enduring mystique that bewitches the soul, but imagine being able to capture that essence in a home? That's exactly what Guilhem Eustache did with the beautiful Fobe House commissioned by a Belgian film producer. Made out of locally-sourced natural materials and scattered on a massive plot of land just south of Marrakech, this 172 square foot home's smooth, simple lines contrast with the sometimes harsh surrounding landscape.
Originally, the Fobe House was going to be a lot larger than it is, but sustainability became a central concern so it was scaled right down. The vast acreage threatened to swallow up the minimalist structure, which is why steles were used to frame it. The home’s geometry helps to capture Morocco’s essence: light play, staircases that mimic narrow market alleyways, and of course the famous terraces enjoyed during cooler months.
The local materials employed in the building’s construction include clay and tadelakt, all locally sourced, and since Morocco gets very hot in the summer, double walls help to block some of the inevitable solar gain. No fewer than 500 trees that will eventually act as a carbon sink have been planted throughout the property – adding to the existing olive, palm, and eucalyptus. While nowhere near as dramatic as some of the craziest skyscrapers that we have featured, there’s definitely something magical about this beautiful home!