An international design competition has been announced for the reconstruction of five sites along the Medina tourist circuit in Fez, Morocco
This US $64 million project will see the design and construction of the Place Lalla Ydouna as well as the reconstruction of three 14th-century fondouks.
Entrants must register their interest by 20 September.
Client contact details:
Download competition materials here.
Director – Artisan and Fes Medina Project
Agency in Partnership for Progress
22, avenue Omar Ibn Khattab, 10090 Rabat, Agdal
Telephone : +212 5 37 27 37 50
Fax : +212 5 37 68 13 08
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
The competition site of approx. 7,400 sqm is located in the Medina of Fez, which is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site since 1981. Place Lalla Yeddouna is a strategic location at the nucleus of this oldest part of Fez. The Medina is a mosaic of small-scale, modest, sand-colored houses, and its endless labyrinth of narrow streets, where we can find still preserved as a living museum, an antique mode of life, full of history and shrouded in mystery.
The area of Place Lalla Yeddouna, where the city was founded on the two banks of the main river in Fez (“Oued Al Jawahir”), used to be one of the key links between the two sides of the old city.
In the future, the area of Place Lalla Yeddouna shall be a vibrant mixed-use urban hub for the community as well as visitors to the Medina.
The site is expected to become a major catalyst for artisan development, with spaces for educational programs, residences, artisan production, shops, restaurants, cafés and other services. The new complex will support activities for youth and adults.
With its unique architectural character representing the regional building tradition and with its surrounding urban fabric, excellent accessibility and functionality, Place Lalla Yeddouna is expected to be a cultural site exemplary of our time and the region, and a stimulator and generator for the development of other projects in Fez, its region and Morocco.
The competition task comprises the urban design for the Place Lalla Yeddouna, the preservation of historic buildings as well as the design of new buildings.
The Fes Medina project activities are comprised of the rehabilitation and/or reconstruction of five sites along the Medina tourist circuit. MCC financing will be allocated for the following activities:
- Design and reconstruction of certain parts of the Makina and the design and construction of the Place Lalla Ydouna (PLY), as well as three fondouks dating from the 14th and 15thcenturies;
- Development of a production zone at Ain Nokbi to relocate copper workers who will be affected by the PLY rehabilitation project;
- A study to identify and evaluate options for traditional tanneries that will be the most likely to reduce poverty, stimulate economic growth, and respond to national and international standards for environmental protection, health and security.