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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.