Architecture studio Kilo recently pitched a traditional Moroccan camel hair and goat wool tent in front of Jean Nouvel's Institute du Monde Arabe in Paris. This temporary installation is used for hosting performances and serves as a cafe and shop where visitors can buy products inspired by Morocco.
The studio, based in Paris and Casablanca, covered 500 square meters of space in front of the famous institute with a canopy made of camel hair and goat wool. The fabric was woven by a women’s cooperative working in the Sahara Desert and has a patched appearance, the organic quality of which contrasts with the sleek, boxy design of Nouvel’s building. It also enters into a dialogue with its surroundings, establishing a communication between traditional fabrication methods and contemporary architecture.
The architects note, “The rhythm and scale of the tent’s silhouette renders a topographic dimension to the structure, which pays homage to the nomadic traditions of southern Morocco.” The dune-like structure rests on nine poles and contrasts with the geometry and glassy texture of the institute.
A souk-like atmosphere dominates inside the tent, where artists and designers showcase and sell their products, such as wooden goods, leather items and jewelry. The bustling atmosphere is also enhanced by the café and performance space within the structure. The exhibition will be open until January 25, 2015, after which the tent will be dismantled and removed from the site.
Lead photo by Luc Boegly