The Anfa quarter in Casablanca, which extends over the city’s old airport site, is destined to become a new mixed quarter with an extensive central park.
The main drivers for the project are to preserve the horizon of the old runway whilst accentuating existing perspectives, and exploiting this platform by guiding the eye towards the sea and the great mosque to create new vistas. The flat, hard surfaces of the runway and taxiways are intermixed with fertile plots offering the possibility to re-establish natural habitats. Spatial and ecological qualities, surface and soil, flatness and substrate all serve as inspiration for the definition of a development strategy structured by the landscape.
The new Anfa quarter is based around a central 50-hectare park adjacent to the disused runway. Wooded strips composed of acacias and gleditsias alternate successively with flowered prairies. The creation of a wooded park of this scale in Casablanca’s Mediterranean climate requires the strategic management of water reserves. This “Central Park” is thus endowed with transversal branches forming a veritable ecosystem network. Its western sections are filled with fresh, shaded gardens planted with hydrophilic varieties that collect rainwater and make maximum use of the rainy periods. Organised in this way, the green canvas is able to receive the buildings of the new urban quarter.
- Program / Project: CASABLANCA / The green quarter of ANFA
- Client: AUDA
- Project management: Reichen & Robert &Associés (lead consultant) + Agence Ter (landscape architect)
- Area: 450 ha of which 50 ha park
- Date: 2012 - 2025
- Amount: 115 M€
- Location: Casablanca, Morocco