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Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, exterior (c) 2016 Studio KO Fondation Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent
Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, exterior (c) 2016 Studio KO Fondation Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent
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Preview of Marrakech's New YSL Museum

Picture of Mandy Sinclair
Updated: 30 August 2016
Wandering beyond the famous Majorelle Gardens in Marrakech is a bustling construction site. A cubic-style building adorned with terracotta bricks, creating a pattern resembling threads of fabric peers out above the promotional billboards, has announced the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech (mYSLm) will be opening in Autumn 2017. This will be an artistic space dedicated to the work of the legendary French fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent. Once inside, the building will resemble the lining of a luxurious couture jacket – luminous, velvety and smooth.

With the inauguration set for Autumn 2017, the Moroccan museum will house Yves Saint Laurent’s impressive collection, which comprises 5,000 items of clothing, 15,000 haute couture accessories as well as tens of thousands of sketches and assorted objects, all currently archived in Paris as part of the Fondation Pierre Bergé. The opening coincides with the new Musée Yves Saint Laurent in Paris.

Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, exterior (c) 2016 Studio KO Fondation Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent
Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, exterior (c) 2016 Studio KO Fondation Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent

In addition to the permanent exhibition space that will showcase Yves Saint Laurent’s work within an original scenography designed by Christophe Martin, a temporary exhibition space, a 130-seat auditorium, a bookshop, a café-restaurant with a terrace and a research library housing 5,000 books are part of the 4000m2 building. The library’s collection includes books on Arabic and Andalusian history, geography, literature and poetry, as well as numerous volumes related to botany, Berber culture, Yves Saint Laurent’s oeuvre and the world of fashion.

Ground-floor plan of the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech © 2016 Studio KO, Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent
Ground-floor plan of the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech | © 2016 Studio KO, Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent

In a press release issued by the foundation, Pierre Bergé, President of the Fondation Pierre Bergé stated, ‘Yves Saint Laurent and I discovered Marrakech in 1966, and we never left. This city deeply influenced Saint Laurent’s life and work, particularly his discovery of colour. The Studio KO architects share this passion for Marrakech. Their admiration for the region and its culture, as well as their intellectual and artistic rigour, signalled to us that they would be the perfect architects to undertake this project. Their clean, uncluttered style recalls Saint Laurent’s work and we are delighted to be able to develop a common vision for a project of this stature, which is as emblematic as Yves Saint Laurent’s oeuvre’.

Olivier Marty and Karl Fournier, the architects behind Studio KO, have completed numerous residential and public projects such as the Villa E and Villa K in Morocco, the Chiltern Firehouse in London and the Balmain boutique in New York.