Moroccan tent pitched outside Jean Nouvel’s Mashrabiya-covered institute


Architecture studio Kilo has erected a traditional Moroccan camel and goat wool tent in front of the mashrabiya pattered façade of Jean Nouvel’s Institut du Monde Arabe building in Paris.

The temporary installation- a 500m2 tent on the plaza outside the building- coincides with the institute’s Contemporary Morocco exhibition and is being used to host performances, as well as a café space and a shop that sells Moroccan-inspired goods.

The exhibition and tent will be open to the public until 25 January 2015.


The Paris and Casablanca-based studio covered the large rectangular tent with over 650m2 of camel and goat wool that is woven into long strips by female cooperative members from the Sahara Desert.

The architect said: “The tent harmonises contemporary design and technical innovation with traditional fabrication methods. The rhythm and scale of the tent’s silhouette renders a topographic dimension to the structure, which pays homage to the nomadic traditions of southern Morocco.”

Photography by Luc Boegly.

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