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Morocco: Morocco 450-meter-high 'tower' with offices, shops, homes

2015/05/02

The project has been drafted, although it has not been defined yet in all its parts. It is now necessary to understand whether it will be possible to find investors - mainly from abroad - who are interested and willing to spend.

The idea is to create a ''vertical city'', a 450-meter-high tower to be set up in the Moroccan desert to host dozens of shops, offices, luxury homes, a hotel, bars and restaurants, as well as scientific offices for weather forecasts.

The projects is being studied by French architects - OXO Architects - who published it on their website to promote it, garnering hundreds of contacts.

The initiative was explained by Manal Rachdi, the founder of the architecture studio of Moroccan descent. He was the project's ''engine'' when it kicked off two years ago. The plan is inspired by ''vertical cities'' thanks to which many countries confront demographic growth in major cities.

''It was the basis of a study we carried out with as objective the development of an urbanization project'', he told website Telquel.

''I chose Moroccan Sahara because it seems to me appropriate for the project also because Morocco is my country of origin'', he added.

The tower is essentially based on the idea of a ''vertical city'' harmonizing autonomous buildings that work thanks to the massive use of renewable and geo-thermic energy through highly advanced technological solutions.

Images of the project showing the ''vertical city'' - with an extension of over 78,000 square meters - have sparked huge interest in Morocco and not just among potential investors as it is considered an occasion to ''give as a present'' to the kingdom a structure that could become famous worldwide.

However, the plan is not short-term as, Rachdi explained, the structure could be completed only in about 10 years - with geo-morphological surveys, projects, bureaucracy and construction work.

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