A mixed-use retail, leisure, office and hospitality scheme for which Chapman Taylor provided the concept design has opened in the Moroccan city of Rabat.

The Arribat Centre includes a 45,000m2 shopping centre with a food court and a 12-screen multiplex cinema, 40,000m2 of office space and a 230-key hotel with a conference centre. The development is served by a two-storey underground car park offering space for up to 1,800 vehicles.

The shopping centre’s open malls are extensively planted and partly shaded by canvas to provide a pleasant and attractive environment for visitors. The development’s components all surround a large central garden which provides a space for socialising and relaxation.

The project was designed to maximise its environmental sustainability, with the design inspired by traditional Andalusian architecture and landscaping – incorporating Arabic gardens, fountains, geometric shapes and clever use of shading.

Chapman Taylor created the concept design for this mixed-use scheme and performed an oversight role in the initial construction phases. All parts of the scheme are now open apart from the hotel, which will follow soon.

Source: Chapman Taylor