In the dry and rugged Dades Valley, dotted with oases of figs, olives and date palms you will find many castellated mud house, hugging the slopes. Home to Morocco’s Berber nomads, they offer a fascinating glimpse into Berber architecture and the traditional way of life of the region’s nomadic communities. On Best of Morocco, guests of Insight have the opportunity to visit a traditional Nomad house. Meet the locals to share stories and sip Berber tea.
Architectural masterpieces of a more natural kind, these houses are designed to combat the harsh desert environment. The use of mud and straw as building materials provides natural insulation. This keeps the interiors cooler during scorching days and warmer during cold nights. Palm fronds are used for roofs, providing shade and protection from the sun.
The layout often revolves around the concept of a central courtyard, where daily activities take place. This open-air space allows for air circulation and serves as a hub for social interactions, gatherings, and even livestock.
Built using techniques passed down through generations, the houses reflect a deep understanding of the desert’s challenges and resources. Despite the modernization of many areas, nomadic communities still embrace these traditional building methods as a way of preserving their cultural heritage and sustainable way of life.
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