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Marseille Vieux Port
Marseille Old Harbour pedestrianisation project
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DESIGNER
 
 
Norman Foster

Michel Desvigne

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DESCRIPTION
 
Norman Foster Michel Desvigne Marseille Vieux PortThe project will reclaim the quaysides as a civic space, creating new informal venues for performances and events and removing traffic to create a safe, semi-pedestrianised public realm. The transformation of the World Heritage-listed port is one of a series of projects to be completed in time for the city’s inauguration as European Capital of Culture in 2013.

Norman Foster Michel Desvigne Marseille Vieux PortEnlarging the space for pedestrians, the technical installations and boat houses on the quays will be replaced with new platforms and clubhouses over the water. The harbour will be landscaped with a pale-coloured granite, which echoes the shade of the original limestone cobbles – the materials are hard-wearing with a rough texture, appropriate for the port setting, and the design eliminates kerbs and changes in level to improve accessibility, as well as using removable cast iron bollards to maximise flexibility.

At Quai des Belges, the prominent eastern edge of the harbour, a dramatic blade of reflective stainless steel will shelter a flexible new events pavilion. Open on all sides, its 46 by 22 metre canopy is supported by slender pillars – the canopy’s polished, mirrored surface reflects the surrounding port and tapers towards the edges, minimising its profile and reducing the structure’s visual impact.
Quotation
Norman Foster Michel Desvigne Marseille Vieux Port“I know the harbour at Marseille well and it is a truly grand space. This project is a great opportunity to enhance it using very simple means, to improve it with small, discreet pavilions for events, for markets, for special occasions. Our approach has been to work with the climate, to create shade, but at the same time to respect the space of the harbour – just making it better.”

Lord Foster
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
France [France]
Region
PACA - Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
District
Bouches-du-Rhone
Town
Marseille
Address
Quai du Port
 
 
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MAP
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Urban equipment and structures for public areas
Street furniture
Pedestrian areas, promenades
Other architectural structures
Platforms

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS
Landscape architecture
Waterfront
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2009 - 2010     project winner of competition
Realisation
2011 - 2013
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AWARDS
 
2014
European Prize for Urban Public Space

The European Prize for Urban Public Space is organized by seven institutions:
  • Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
  • Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt
  • Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki
  • Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana
  • The Architecture Foundation, London
  • La Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris
  • Architekturzentrum Wien, Vienna
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
"Mirror Stage. Foster + Partners. Marseille Vieux Port, Marseille, 2010-13", Lotus International 153, gennaio/january 2014 [Commons], pp. 92-97
"Riqualificazione del Porto Vecchio di Marsiglia / Redevelopment of the Old Port in Marseille", Domus 973, ottobre/october 2013, "Progetti/Projects" pp. 52-65
"Dalla relazione di progetto / From the architect's project description", Domus 973, ottobre/october 2013, "Progetti/Projects" pp. 54-64 (52-65)
Anna Fixsen, "Ombriere at Marseille Vieux Port", Architectural Record 8/2013, august 2013, p. 152
Claudia Fuchs, "Marseille. Europaische Kulturhaupstadt 2013 / Marseille. European Capital of Culture 2013", Detail 6/2013, juni/june 2013 [Massive Bauten / Solid forms of Construction / Construction et masse], "Berichte / reports" pp. 610-613
Margot Guislain, "Requalification du vieux-port, Marseille / Redevelopment of the old port, Marseille", Moniteur Architecture AMC 225, juin-juillet/june-july 2013, pp. 56-59
William Allaire, "Marseille vieux-port. Desvigne et Foster face au défi du compromis", Traits urbains 44, janvier-février 2011, pp. 58-62
Richard Scoffier , "L'anomalie sauvage: concours pour l'amenagement du Vieux-Port de Marseille / The wild anomaly: competition for the redesign of the Old Harbour area of Marseille", D'Architectures 196, décembre/december 2010, pp. 32-37
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CLIENT
 
 
Marseille Provence Métropole - Communauté Urbaine
Ville de Marseille
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
ha. 1.5
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Ingérop Conseil et Ingénierie
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LANDSCAPE DESIGN
 
 
Michel Desvigne
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STAFF
 
Project
Foster + Partners
Urbanist
Tangram architectes
Lighting design
Yann Kersalé
Systems
Ingérop Conseil et Ingénierie
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ANNOTATIONS
 
 


Other dossiers on Marseille-Provence 2013
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
Text edited by Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners, Association Marseille-Provence 2013

Norman Foster Michel Desvigne Marseille Vieux Port



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