Corisco Airport, Guinea, Karim Chakor
With its cinematographic landscape, Corisco, this small piece of land in the Atlantic, island of the Gulf of Guinea, promises its visitors the moon and the stars. Located at the end of the Rio Muni estuary south of Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa, Corisco, derived from Portuguese for "light", is idyllic. A new heavenly destination, between volcanic peaks, forests as far as the eye can see and fine sandy beaches, Corisco augurs laziness in abundance. Aside from its exceptional geographical location and the richness of its nature, it conceals an interesting historical and cultural heritage.
One of the oldest cemeteries in Central Africa was discovered there a few decades ago. Opened in 2011 to meet a growing demand for direct access to this island, Corisco Airport was designed by the Moroccan architectural firm Karim Chakor. This prestigious firm, at the origin of the Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMVI) in Rabat, in a neo-Moorish style, a reference to the typical architecture of the Rabat city center, reflects the island's new ambitions. From its lobby, African roots project themselves into a contemporary era. Bright, welcoming, modern, friendly, and bold, the Corisco airport lobby in Equatorial Guinea reflects a degree of originality. For this project, Aït Manos transposed the zellige into a resolutely African aesthetic. To reveal the sub-Saharan roots of its crafts, Aït Manos created geometric patterns in accordance with the graphic architecture of the Corisco airport lobby. Beneath the angular volutes stand swathes of zellige. Designed in warm tones, in shades of brown, the baked clay tiles, emblematic of Moroccan decorative art, are finished with gold leaf. Characterized by an innovative geometry, with a modern aesthetic, they blend and sublimate the architecture of this lobby, a showcase of this new African tourist destination.