Minimalist Mountain Lodge In Morocco

Architects Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty of Studio KO keep offices in Paris and Marrakech—which is probably why they are experts in blending Eastern and Western architecture.

Working on luxury projects for the likes of the Hermes family, their firm Studio KO designed this minimalist mountain lodge in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Blocked prisms, earth tones and exotic textures mark the home, which they’ve dubbed Villa E.

Nowhere is the marriage of cultures more evident than in the use of locally sourced Ouriko stone, with its characteristic reddish color associated with nearby Marrakech or “The Ochre City.” When stacked to form the house’s exterior, its brick-like appearance evokes the Midwest’s prairie architecture.

Photographed by Daniel Glasser