Wilson Associates’ Dubai studio leads design of Marriott Taghazout Bay resort

The Marriott Taghazout Bay resort is scheduled to open in Taghazout Bay, Agadir, Morocco in 2019. This new-build development will be part of the Moroccan National Tourism Strategy “Vision 2020,” which is aiming to promote tourism in the area while also preserving the natural resources of the coast.

The Wilson Associates’ Dubai studio led the design concept for the property, with the design team emphasizing simplicity, traditional craftsmanship and local Moroccan culture. Tom Skyring is the design director and Maud Capet is the senior designer for this project. The design team also involved Isabel Pintado, Tom Skyring, Hilda Impey and Maria Economides. The detailer was John Ryan Maniego. Also, The owner developing the entire development​  is SAPST (Société d'Aménagement et de Promotion de la Station de Taghazout)​. 

Wilson Associates’ Dubai studio drew inspiration for the property's design from the natural surroundings of the Taghazout Bay and the details of Moroccan craftsmanship, mixing minimalism with local textures and handcrafted details.

The property will have a lobby bar that will bring the outdoors in and blend the interior with exterior features.  The resort’s architecture and interior design will take advantage of Taghazout Bay’s climate, which allows the internal and external spaces to be integrated so that spaces flow from inside to outside.

The curated units called for a soft color palette. This will be applied to both the selected finishes and the FF&E, as well as the application of natural materials and neutral colors.

Local flair will be highlighted with the use of raw materials and Moroccan craftsmanship.

Resort features will include an 18-hole golf course, a residential area, a museum of “Argan,” an amusement park, retail shops, coffee shops and restaurant options all within the “Medina” part of the development.

On the left-hand side of the property, there will be a surf village along the coast.

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