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Musée Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakech
Morocco held a special place in legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent's heart, where he owned a villa in Marrakech that he frequently retired to in order to soak in its exotic sights and sounds. A museum dedicated to his life's work recently opened on October 19. Designed by Studio KO, the museum's facade is constructed from the red brick that is so indicative of the Moroccan cityscape, while the peculiar ways in which they are laid reflect the "warp and weft of fabric." Spread over its 43,000-sq-ft footprint is a permanent exhibition, a cafe, a 150-seat auditorium, a research library with over 6,000 volumes of book, as well as a temporary exhibition space.