The thermal bath complex in Sidi Harazem was built by Jean-Francois Zevaco in 1960 as a manifestation of independence from french occupation in Morocco. It consists of a large outdoor pool, a hotel, bungalows, a market and a garden. The mixed architecture shows brutalistic columns of concrete and local elements, such as blue tiles and copper works, in the midst of olive and eucalyptus trees. The resort, also referred to as an oasis, was designed to attract both local visitors and international tourists to its natural hot water springs for relaxation and healing. Throughout the years the complex was partly closing down due to neglect and fewer visitors.
The rehabilitation began in 2018 and is still ongoing by Aziza Chaouni and her team after winning the Getty Foundation’s Keeping it Modern Grant. Acknowledging the importance of cultural and public spaces.
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