This new station in Casablanca marks a clear break with the Moroccan railway's colonial past. The 'wall' and the 'roof' are the key themes of the design, one providing maximum transparency, the other protection (against both rain and sun, since the programme did not include air-conditioning). Three principal materials are used in the construction: local (Salé) stone, glass and metal. Generally urban railway lines are placed in cuttings lined with concrete retaining walls. Here instead the walls are of Salé stone, which is carried into the cladding of the entry facade to establish a continuity between station and topography.
Oasis Street Train Station Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2007.
In the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, projects enrolled in the nomination process are documented by the architect(s). In addition to submitting images and drawings, architects are asked to complete a detailed questionnaire pertaining to use, cost, environmental and climatic factors, construction materials, building schedule, and, more importantly, design concepts and each project's significance within its own context and to present the project in two A3 panels.