Atelier Pod designed the guest rooms of the new Radisson Blu in Marrakech

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After designing the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort in Sultanate of Oman, as well as the concept for a new restaurant at the Four Seasons Marrakech, the French-Moroccan architect Lotfi Sidirahal and his team at Atelier Pod revealed their latest design for The Radisson Blu Hotel Marrakech.

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The main design challenge was to create a contemporary and innovative aesthetic recalling the essence of the red city. The hotel is located in Gueliz, and is part of a mixed-use property including apartments and a shopping centre called “Carre Eden”.

The design team had a tailored approach of extending the urban dynamic of the city to provide a relaxing, atypical atmosphere.

Atelier Pod focused on the design layout before looking for the aesthetic DNA. The purpose was to repeal the separation between the bathroom and the bedroom and make a typical object of the eastern Arab language: the mousharabieh screen, which is the design highlight of the room.

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The sliding screen cuts a white monolithic bloc, creating an elegant separation between the bathroom and bedroom, showing on one side a vanity counter and the other, a dressing table. The elegance is in the use of the mousharabieh, and the extension of its perspective behind a mirror which provides a visual connection between the bedroom and the bathroom.

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The dressing area is the second feature of the room, designed as a multi functional carved monolithic bloc, that can be used as bathroom storage with a corner minibar column.

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The holistic design of the room is a harmonious blend of ethnic patterns and classical Arabian geometrics.

The Deluxe room, however, has a different orientation than the standard room. It has more width than length, which allows a position of the bed facing the view, with  the desk is placed right behind the bed.

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The bathroom faces the view as well, making the entire space bathe in natural daylight. The effect is enhanced as the deluxe bathroom is designed as a wet room, with the same mineral material covering the space. The rain shower cubicle is isolated into the bathroom space with a thick glass screen.

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Before founding Atelier Pod, Sidirahal was a Partner at the design agency Nebka in Paris, specialised in luxury retail design with clients such as Kenzo, Armani,Clarins and Guerlain.

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