Brutalism in Tangier

Brutalism in Tangier

Commanding magnificent views over the city of Tangier and the Atlantic ocean to the coast of Spain in the distance, the villa is a surrealist design constructed from re-inforced concrete.  It is many miles away in character from the monumental concrete buildings of Auguste Perrot,  Erno Goldfinger, and Swiss architect Le Corbusier which helped define the brutalist architectural style popular from the 1950s into the mid 1970s.

Berber architect Mokhtar El Boufounas’ building in Tangier,  although built entirely from raw concrete and large and dominating,  is still far from completion.  It can conservatively be described as having a greater affinity with  Antonio Gaudi,   Salvador Dali or  Pablo Picasso than its monumental cousins;  its definite Spanish roots accord synchronously with its views of the Andalusian Costa de Luz only 20 miles away.   Dolphins playfully hug its 4 corner pillars and a huge concrete crown,  eagle and plane sit upon its roof.  Inside there are ornamentations,  cutaways and organic designs which add to the theme of playfulness and lightness. (more…)