Step Inside a Totally Modern Casablanca Oasis
It is not every day that a information on Facebook potential customers to an outstanding redesign of a property, but that was in truth the scenario for architect and inside designer Crina Arghirescu Rogard. “The owners of this Casablanca villa gave me carte blanche to do a complete intestine renovation, within and exterior,” she suggests. And even though the bones of the house ended up incredibly modernist, the purchasers cherished Arghirescu Rogard’s operate so a lot that they were being open to almost everything she proposed.
“I’m a contextual architect, so I like to maintain in thoughts the ecosystem in which the undertaking is discovered,” Arghirescu Rogard suggests. “[But] the shoppers required an unconventional house in respect to Moroccan culture—they needed to choose some of the official elements out of the classic settings.” In purchase to achieve this, Arghirescu Rogard was capable to reconfigure the format of both equally floors of the household and redesign the enclosed regions to deliver a seamless circulation. “The intention was to open the household to the exterior by taking down partitions and positioning tall home windows in areas that could provide various layers of transparencies. And produce unanticipated perspectives and vistas to reduce as a result of the home without the need of revealing it in its entirety,” she provides. “For instance, the olive tree powering the glass façade becomes a backdrop for the sculptural staircase—the beating coronary heart of the house—that itself guards the dwelling room’s privacy even though allowing for a warming movement of gentle and air.”
For the interior style and design of the home, Arghirescu Rogard drew inspiration from modernist masters these as Carlo Scarpa and Jean-François Zevaco. “I thought that their pared-down, demanding type would give a quiet history that would greatly enhance the poetic electrical power of the blend of classic and present-day architectural and creative items that are central to my exercise.” Arghirescu Rogard loves to source vintage items in auction homes in Europe and the United States—a blend of substantial and low—though that proved demanding, as she labored on the venture at the peak of the pandemic. Luckily for us, she was delighted to obtain so a lot of perfect parts at the souks around Morocco. “I discovered really special parts by the likes of Maria Pergay and Tobia Scarpa,” she suggests. “I think a full venture is when you can have neighborhood components.”
Arghirescu Rogard also additional to her palette the loaded shades and textures of the country’s distinctive craftsmanship, with unique plaster finishes as effectively as personalized bronze and metallic parts scattered all through the residence. There is also a range of domestically sourced fabrics and wools. “I see each individual space and just about every job as a form of inventive puzzle. I like to create a fresh new dialogue in between architecture, furnishings, and objects that would generally not be paired collectively and nonetheless, when merged, generate unexpected and harmonious artistic compositions,” Arghirescu Rogard suggests. “For me, just about every portion of a home or condominium is an prospect for a refreshing poetic eyesight.”