Studio KO is a partnership between Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty, two french architects with a unique style that blends minimalism and traditionalism. The highly sought after duo have recently presided over the transformation of Marylebone Fire Station into the Chiltern Firehouse hotel, but in my opinion their finest work lies in a series of villas and houses they designed across France and Morocco.
Villa K is just one of these dwellings, with a composition that is wholly modernist, yet with a material choice that remains sympathetic to the local scenery and vernacular. A clay earth rendering allows the dwelling to blend in with the mountainous arid region, and the primitiveness of the medium makes the monolithic volumes feel somewhat like ancient structures.
Villa K and the surrounding Moroccan landscape was masterfully captured by Dan Glasser in this set of images which is quite possibly some of the best architectural photography I’ve ever come across. Glasser seems to be a regular with Studio KO and you can see more of his work on their website covering other similarly styled dwellings in the series.
You can actually rent out this villa for holidays through the Villa K website here.
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