CLADmag issue1 2018

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CULTURE

known for his love of Marrakech and was a regular visitor

A FITTING LEGACY Since opening late last year, the Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech has won awards for its design. We take a look

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ast October saw the opening of a striking new museum dedicated to the life and work of French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech, Morocco. French architecture firm Studio KO designed the 4,000sq m (43,000sq ft) terracotta brick home of the Musée Yves Saint Laurent, which is situated next to the city’s Jardin Majorelle, a garden the designer acquired himself to save it from being destroyed by developers. Saint Laurent was known for his love of Marrakech and visited regularly from 1966 until his death in 2008. The museum celebrates his legacy with a collection of haute couture, accessories, sketches, collection boards, photographs and objects he collected between 1962 and 2002. The exhibits have been lent by the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, which protects the designer’s legacy and work.

THE INSPIRATION Studio KO had access to the collection when designing the museum. They took inspiration from Saint Laurent’s “delicate and bold forms” and his use of curved and straight lines in combination, interpreting this in the architecture of the building. The façade appears as an intersection of cubes with a lace-like covering of handmade bricks, which creates patterns evoking “the weft and warp of fabric”, while celebrating the vibrant colour of the Red City. Studio KO founders Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty 72 CLADGLOBAL.COM

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