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Riad Tajania

This riad boutique hotel is not far from the Medina of Marrakesh, with its spice-scented souks. Entirely renovated, it nevertheless retains the typical architectural features of the region.

Corridors that open onto loggias provide access to discreetly secluded rooms. Each room is different, with the walls dressed in brightly coloured velvets, while the bathroom walls, shower stalls, and counters are finished in Tadelakt, a traditional Moroccan plaster in natural earth tones.

In a re-articulation of the ancient building’s original architecture, the living areas look onto the courtyard with its central fountain. Climbing plants and banana trees create a lush environment, interspersed with seating in aquamarine tones.

The original local materials have been preserved, including stones from the surrounding mountains and handmade terracotta tiles that make the walls appear as if made from Saharan sand dunes. The flat roof of the building offers breathtaking views of the Atlas Mountains and the old town of Marrakesh. A solarium was created at this level, with a swimming pool surrounded by chaise longues and chairs with sand-coloured fabrics. The paving is in specially designed and locally produced terrazzo tiles.

The full-height fireplaces, a constant presence in every bedroom, living room, dining room and library, were formed by folding the walls out in an irregular manner, in a reference to Berber architectural traditions.

Every material and detail was designed to enter into a profound relationship with the site and its natural surroundings, a fundamental requirement for creating a contemporary tribute to Maghreb luxury architecture.