Christoph Kicherer and Yves Marbrier
The property acquired by photographer
Christoph Kicherer and architect Yves Marbrier was a typical
seventeenth century house in the Medina,
arranged on two floors around a courtyard. Many of the rooms retained
fine original features, including tiled surfaces, vaulted ceilings,
slender columns, stone floors and small, high windows with coloured
glass. Here was a house perfectly susceptible to more conventionally
western patterns of life, without the need for radical change.
Vast, unadorned stone tubs and solid block basins with smooth
hemispherical cavities are installed in the bathrooms. Outside the
accretions are cleared away and stairs added to improve roof access,
these housed within the drama of a narrow slot nine metres high and
open to the sky.