Born in Madrid but raised in Asilah, Morocco, Youssef Melehi received his degree in architecture U.P.A 7 in Paris, and a M.Arch from Georgia Tech University in the US. In 1989, he won the prize for best young Arab architect from the Arab Council of Ministries of Urban Planning and Habitat, and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for his work in Asilah.
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Gare Rabat Agdal is Rabat's second major train station after Gare
Rabat Ville. It connects two long separated parts of the city, the
northern end of Rabat (the Akkari quarter) and the southern end (the Agdal
quarter). Designed by Youssef Melehi, it was inaugurated by King Mohammed VI on
March 7, 2016, along with the new Gare Rabat Ville extension, launching
Morocco's first high-speed railway line, Al Boraq. The design combines the architecture
of large airport spaces with traditionally-inspired elements such as the
facades’ transparent geometric design resembling zelij. These triangles, diamonds, and hexagons allow natural light into the vast hall of the station.
The Passenger Building has two main levels: the ground floor, where
passengers enter the station, has restaurants, a ticket office, waiting
rooms, shops, the Al Boraq Lounge, ONCF offices, and access to train platforms.
The mezzanine includes a food court and shops.
The station’s overarching design includes an office building,
which has yet to be constructed.