Recreating the architecture of an ancient Kasbah, the Riad Darchamaa hotel offers holidaymakers a unique and authentic experience in Southern Morocco. Located in the city of Ouarzazate, its location is unbeatable. Situated next to the Atlas mountains and the valley of the Draa River, the hotel is near cities like Marrakech or Agadir, and is a great starting point for various excursions and adventures.
Space Maker Studio, led by architect Daniel Ruiz, has shaped the building around the vernacular of Moroccan architecture, encompassing Ottoman and Moorish elements into the design.
Ouarzazate is a setting not only privileged by the addition of this hotel, but major film studios have recorded blockbuster films such as The Mummy and Gladiator. Also known as the gateway to the desert, this city of southern Morocco was once a crossing point for African traders on their way to northern cities in Morocco and Europe.
Built to resemble a Kasbah on the palm of Ouarzazate, the hotel is flooded with Arabic style and influence. The Kasbah, in Spanish citadels, were fortified enclosures of urban character. They served as homes for the governor and most importantly, acted as a barrier when the cities came under attack. With handcrafted material, this hotel is built of mud, using construction techniques of the old world.
Outside, palm trees, rows of grass and a turquoise pool surround small pockets of space, where hotel guests can comfortably enjoy this oasis of serenity. When it comes time for the sun to set, iron lamps light up creating an almost mystical atmosphere in this exotic garden.
Inside the lobby, and branching off from this beautiful cloister, are 20 hotel rooms. Slender columns, cobblestones and horseshoe arches create the image of an Arab courtyard, where the illumination again take centre stage making it warm, inviting and mysterious.
Arabic food mixes simplicity, and exotic spices, resulting in a refined, strong and colourful cuisine. Similarly, this space is designed with an earthy colour palette which is highlighted by accents of a deep red in both the curtains and cushions. The wall lanterns and terracotta floor give the space the true Moroccan style which would be missing otherwise.