This modular social housing project for Tangier, Morocco, utilizes prefabrication and passive design principles to create a sustainable neighborhood with enviable views of the Atlantic. Stephane Malka of Malka Architecture envisioned the four modules as adjustable green-roofed habitats that create a constantly evolving urban structure.
The buildings, made up of four modular prefab units, are equipped with loggias and terraces with several functions: they provide beautiful views of the ocean, facilitate natural ventilation and allow natural lighting to reach the most remote corners of the interior spaces. During summer, a shading system controls solar gain and ensures the buildings’ optimal bioclimatic performance.
An abundance of vegetation gives the neighborhood a more pastoral feel and blends the new structures into the surroundings. The strict rectangular geometry of the modules is softened through the extensive use of perforated screens which also reference the traditional decorative elements of the local culture. Despite their size, the structures seem to be in line with the human scale and, together with the surrounding greenery, creates a harmonious environment.