Architecture Spotlight:
Yves Saint Laurent Museum

Honoring the work of Yves Saint Laurent, the 40,000 ft² building is the first dedicated fashion museum in Africa.

The Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech, designed by French architecture firm Studio KO, has opened its doors to high acclaim. Located next to Jardin Majorelle, the museum occupies a new 40,000 ft² building. It includes a 4,000 ft² permanent exhibition space devoted to the work of Yves Saint Laurent.

The museum also includes a hall for temporary exhibitions, a research library with over 5,000 volumes, a 140-seat auditorium, bookshop and terrace café. Additionally, the museum houses a conservation archive and laboratory that will store and upkeep part of the extensive collection of clothing, haute-couture accessories and drawings belonging to the Pierre Bergé Foundation.

Inspired by fashion, fabric, and local Moroccan materials, Studio KO designed the facade of the building which appears as an intersection of cubes with a lace-like covering of bricks, creating patterns that recall the weft and warp of fabric. The interior is radically different with smooth lines and radiant colors.

Marrakech was near and dear to Saint Laurent, and was also a significant influence in his designs. The opening of the Marrakech museum coincides with the inauguration of the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, which is located at the former fashion house and current headquarters of the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent.

Photos via Musée YSL Marrakech