- Client: Haut-Commissariat aux Eaux et Forêts et à la Lutte Contre la Désertification and Casablanca Aménagement SA
- Project management: AREP jointly with Carey Duncan Design and Fadel Guerraoui (architect)
- Total area: 3,000 sqm
Works duration: 2016-2018
The redevelopment of the Bouskoura forest aims both to preserve the forest’s landscape, flora and fauna and to provide the city dwellers with a safe and healthy environment that meets their needs for leisure and relaxation.
Designing a welcoming environment for city dwellers
The redevelopment scheme aims to enhance the forest’s appeal and accessibility. To this end, the fence wall has been knocked down, new entrance points and car parks have been created, whereas cars have been pushed to the fringe of the site to encourage soft transport modes. Local natural materials have been used for ground surfacing and signage (stone, beaten earth, gabion walls, and wood).
The project has implemented a new signposting and wayfinding system aimed at providing users with a positive and stress-free experience. A collection of 550 signs (directional markers, stone directional signs, educational and sensory trail markers) under a forest-specific logo spread across the four zones of the site and guide visitors through the forest in a safe manner.
Preserving ecological and landscape unity
The site boasts a strong identity and comprises some ecologically remarkable but fragile areas. To deal with landscape, environmental and silvicultural challenges four zones have been created, each one dedicated to a specific purpose and activity:
- “Petit Canton”: Recreation infrastructure and sports areas
- “Forêt de la Découverte” : Fauna and flora exploration tours
- “Forêt Laboratoire”: Environmental awareness
- “Grande Forêt”: Tree planting (pines and eucalyptus) aimed at maintaining the forest’s biological rhythm.
Each zone has been designed in accordance with the physical features of the area, its vegetation and accessibility.
Raising awareness over environmental issues
One of the highlights of the project lies in the intention to raise public awareness over environmental issues and involve schools in this process through trips and recreational activities. Educational and sensory trails help experience nature, while educational signs and a newly created conservation centre inform visitors on the history, fauna and flora of this extremely rich but also fragile ecosystem.