Design principals and partners Tarik Oualalou and Linna Choi of architecture firm Kilo planted a Moroccan tent in the courtyard of French architect Jean Nouvel, Hon. FAIA's Institut du Monde Arabe building, a research center and museum devoted to Arabic culture, in Paris. The firm—based in Paris and Casablanca, Morocco—designed the 5,382-square-foot temporary installation as a dune-like structure, whose organic texture and curvy shape contrasts with the glossy, smooth façade of Nouvel’s building. The tent, made of long strips of camel hair and goat wool woven by a female cooperative in the Sahara Desert, is being used as a performance space, café, and marketplace for artisans to sell their products.
The tent installation, which coincides with the institute’s Contemporary Morocco exhibition, will be open to the public until Jan. 25.