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Like a Desert Mirage, a Surreal House in Morocco

Located in Marrakesh, Morocco, the Fobe House is actually four buildings on property owned by a Belgium film producer that includes the private residence, guard house, pool house, and the garage. Designed by , the stark white structures are quite a contrast against the desert landscape they sit on.

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The most deeply surreal structure rises in the deserts of Morocco, near Marrakesh: the home of a Belgian film director.

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1Its entrance is through a doorway hidden behind the second of two “sails”

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2Hidden between the first of these “sails” at the entrance at the broadest back of the very narrow building, is a staircase to the roof.

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2aMany people in Morocco sleep on the roof during the hot season.

The view of the distant Atlas Mountains is obscured under a heat veil  that hides the mountains for much of the year, making for a flat dusty and featureless horizon.

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nThe widest facade, on the opposite side of the exceedingly narrow house connects to an equally long and narrow pool.

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(The bottom right corner shows the staggered “sails” guarding the entrance to the building.)

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A bedroom occupies the other side of the perforated wall behind the entrance “sail.”

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At the opposite end from the entrance is another bedroom with bathroom. (It is difficult to determine a kitchen on the plan.)

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It looks out on a small courtyard. Trees are planned for the grounds, which are very much larger than the house.

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The pool at the front of the narrow dwelling would be a real relief in Morocco’s dry and relentless heat beating down on the sunbaked clays.

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Walking back into the house, this is the intriguingly strange sight you would encounter at the end of the corridor leading from the pool to inside.

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Dotted about the grounds are some stray tall odds and ends and mysterious outbuildings, which include a so-called “guard house.”

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Here is the view from one of these beautiful but strange outbuildings assembled by architect Guilhem Eustache.

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A miragelike structure floats above the end of the pool.

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Seen from inside the house, it obscures the pool-house beyond. Is that its purpose?

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The mirage turns out to be a mysterious “stairs to nowhere” – one of many surrealistic aspects of the house.

An altogether odd, intriguing house, with its associated garden structures.

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One comment so far to “Like a Desert Mirage, a Surreal House in Morocco”
  1. Total Comfort Solutions Says:

    This is a really a Desert Mirage
    Very charming and cozy

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