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Private residence, Marrakech, Morocco, Alberto Pinto

A major project for a mythical place. Surrounded by mystery, the Aïn Kassimou villa, named after "the spring", extends over 12 hectares and can pride itself on being the residence of historical figures par excellence. It was built by the Tolstoï family in the 1940s, before being sold, then bought by Patrick Guerrand-Hermès in 1984. Villa Aïn Kassimou was the home of Olga Tolstoï, daughter-in-law of writer Léon Tolstoï, then that of the wealthy American Barbara Hutton, ex-wife of Cary Grant. In the heart of the palm grove of Marrakech, the firm of Alberto Pinto therefore undertook the transformation of the home of Patrick Guerrand-Hermès, descendant of the Hermès family and aesthete in love with orientalism, commissioned by the Agnelli family. The walls of this prestigious residence, steeped in history, tell the fascination of the most famous people for Marrakech. This Kasbah, built in the early 20th century, combines authenticity, a rustic feel, refinement and Moroccan passion. Here, Alberto Pinto could demand extreme perfection. To reinvent the decoration of this palace without betraying the illustrious destinies that have lived there, the firm of Alberto Pinto cherry-picked the best craftsmen to translate his vision of a villa at the height of luxury. Linda Pinto will also say about Aït Manos that “their know-how and efficiency preserve this age-old art in its most refined aspect”. Because here, meticulousness is required to make this kasbah both beautiful and rudimentary, to turn it into a jewel of comfort without distorting it. Alberto Pinto will not alter the initial nature of the facades and will sublimate every millimeter of the house. For Aït Manos, this is a real challenge and one of the house's most outstanding projects. This major undertaking will also be an opportunity for Aït Manos to meet Madison Cox, a talented and famous landscape gardener and author of the house's gardens. In this private residence, property of the Agnelli family who fell under the charm of this residence during a trip, Alberto Pinto recounts an encounter between pure Orientalist references and an English cottage. Cozy floral armchairs and jade green zellige walls tell an unsuspected harmony. Typical Moroccan Musharabiehs and zellige mosaics translate a real exercise of style with oriental grammar. A synergy of traditional architecture and decorative arts, paintings from North Africa, a magic garden, the residence embodies a haven of dreamlike peace, with a pictorial aura.


Private residence




Albert Pinto Architects