Design Notes: Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca Emerges as a Welcome Oasis in Morocco’s Most Dynamic City
Bathed in natural light and kissed by fresh breezes, the new
The all new Foster + Partners-designed building features interiors by G.A Design, with signature restaurant design by EDG. A vibrant gathering place for locals as well as international visitors, the 186-room
Intimately scaled, it’s also a showcase for original works commissioned from contemporary artists by art consultant Marta García-Fajardo. Artists included renowned Moroccan ceramicist Myriam Mourabit, whose designs include intricately beaded vases created especially for
Spotlight: Interiors by G.A Design
“The initial inspiration was to create a unique Hotel with a real sense of place - dramatic contrasts between light and dark, pattern and texture, and local artisan details and engineered forms that give rise to contemporary interiors united by the distinctive architecture,” says David Clixby, lead designer and Senior Associate at G.A Design. “The Hotel evokes a journey through the souk, bringing quality and surprise to guests as they explore the spaces.”
Four Seasons guest rooms and suites are personal sanctuaries that are as much about form and function as beautiful interiors. In addition to the latest technologies, lighting is key – as much natural light as possible during the day, transitioning to flexible lighting in the evening that is easily adapted for work or relaxation, and ultimately, a good night’s rest. At the heart of the room is the new, fully customisable
When it’s time to meet or celebrate, a series of dramatic crystal chandeliers and enormous perforated Moroccan lanterns illuminate the Atlantic Ballroom’s embroidered fabric panels. Full height carved timber doors create the feeling of being in a grand room in a modern Moroccan palace.
The play between light and dark, pattern and texture continues in Le Spa with a soothing natural palette of cedar wood, warm locally-quarried stone and shimmering gold accents inspired by Morocco’s famous argan oil.
At Mint, the Hotel’s tea lounge, G.A Design’s themes take a particularly luxurious turn in intimate seating areas surrounded by carved plaster walls and accented by Bedouin-style bench seating, embroidered cushions from Fez, and Berber carpets from Marrakech. Immense brass lanterns glow through perforations in the classic style, and ocean waves provide the soundscape. Ceramic pieces by Myriam Mourabit are displayed alongside traditional artefacts from the souks in the pastry and lobby areas.
Spotlight: Bleu Restaurant by EDG
“As a vibrant economic hub and port city, Casablanca is steeped in history yet very much future oriented. Our design for Bleu evokes this essence in a distinct and modern way while capturing the imagination of travellers, locals and foodies of all persuasions,” says Jennifer Johanson, CEO and President of EDG. “It was a unique opportunity for us to work with
Conceived as a destination for in-house guests and locals alike, the Hotel’s signature restaurant is the modern Mediterranean brasserie Bleu. A key design element arose directly from the restaurant’s concept: an elliptical open cooking station where chefs prepare the freshest seafood to order over a charcoal grill. Additional crudo and other culinary stations are arrayed like sculptures in a space defined by curves inspired by the ocean waves seen through its floor to ceiling windows and glass-walled terrace.
The coastal theme begins with Moss & Lam’s mural of ceramic mussel shells along an arching wall leading into Bleu, and continues through flowing sculptural forms reminiscent of sea shells, coves and waves. The colour palette is bright, with white plaster pairing with the endless blue sky and ocean outside. The sensuous, organic lines are in direct contrast to the building’s crisp elegance, welcoming guests into a lively dining experience. Playful accents found at local bazaars add Moroccan textures, while traditional rugs with contemporary patterns warm white marble floors. Banquette seating is convivial, with cosy brown leather upholstery encouraging relaxed meals with friends, colleagues and family.
The effect is energetic – the perfect setting for interaction between the culinary team led by Executive Chef Thierry Papillier and their guests. With wide terraces and fresh ocean breezes beckoning, diners are encouraged to move around indoors and out.
About G.A Design
G.A Design is a leading interior and architectural design practice specialising in hospitality design worldwide. Over the last three decades they have worked closely with a wide variety of hotel operators, developers and architects on a range of five star new construction, renovation and design and build projects.
About EDG Interior Architecture + Design
EDG is a leading innovator in hospitality and restaurant design, with expertise in interiors, brand strategy and operational excellence. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area with offices in Singapore and Dallas, the firm is active throughout the world and has designed more than a dozen restaurants with