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Twenty things about Salwa & Selma Mikou
Zanoah Bia, November 23, 2015
Mikou Studio_URSSAF_Perspective of the gare station
Mikou Studio_URSSAF_Perspective of the gare station
 
E.D.: Which city resembles you the most, and why?

Selma Mikou: Fez, my native city, because of the way it is both simple and majestic, open and mysterious. The urban spaces are experienced from the inside, sensitive to the extreme. They open onto the void. Fez is full of evocation and of eloquent silences. It is a city that knows how to harmonise opposites.

Salwa Mikou: New York, because it’s never quiet and it’s always busy.
 
E.D.: Your dream project ?

Selma Mikou: Two towers, side by side, which look at each other without touching.

Salwa Mikou: Building a whole city, like Oscar Niemeyer did with Brasilia.

Mikou Studio_URSSAF_Perspective in the night
Mikou Studio_URSSAF_Perspective in the night
 
E.D.: What is your favourite example of the use of light in architecture?

Selma Mikou: The Cordoba mosque.

Salwa Mikou: Baroque churches.


Mikou Studio_URSSAF_Perspective in the court
Mikou Studio_URSSAF_Perspective in the court
 
E.D.: What building would you never design and why?

Selma Mikou: A caricature, as we can see in countries that are orientalist despite themselves –forced to borrow dead, disincarnate forms, out of context, to evoke a former tradition, a lost illusion.
 
Salwa Mikou: Prison buildings, because of their relationship with individual freedom.
 
E.D.: What is your favourite building (in Paris, Europe or in other cities)?


Selma Mikou: My childhood home. The place where everything began.

Salwa Mikou: The Alhambra, Grenada.


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