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MuCEM CCR - Centre de conservation et de ressources
Centre for Conservation and Resources
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DESIGNER
 
 
Corinne Vezzoni & associés
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CONTEXT
 
The complex of the interventions
  • 40,000 m2 over three sites
Rudy Ricciotti MuCEM MarseilleThree sites, three settings, with multiple and surprising offerings over a total of 40,000 m2: the MuCEM will be a true museum of the 21st century, capable of attracting diverse audiences through a very wide range of activities. The public can of course explore the major exhibitions in the galleries of the new museum, but also enjoy a lecture, a concert, public discussions, film screenings... or simply enjoy the ambiance of the city by walking through the Mediterranean gardens of the rehabilitated Fort Saint-Jean. The MuCEM will be a place for living, open to all, well beyond its must see exhibitions and events.

  • A visit in three stages, rich in discoveries and wonders
The new museum built on the former J4 port pier by the architect Rudy Ricciotti will be the heart of the MuCEM. A place dedicated to the discovery of the major stages of Mediterranean civilisations, addressing themes as striking as the invention of gods, the treasures of the spice route, the visions of Jerusalem, the citizens’ banquet or the curiosity cabinet on the seven wonders of the world.

Rudy Ricciotti MuCEM Marseille

The public will then pass through the arcades and vaulted rooms hidden in the stone recesses of Fort Saint-Jean, a historic monument dating from the 12th century. Via a suspended footbridge, cast over the sea, visitors will enjoy spectacular and previously unseen panoramas. Here the visitor can stroll in the new Mediterranean garden and marvel at the riches of the popular and folk art collections of the MuCEM.

A third site located in the Belle de Mai district, near the Saint-Charles railway station, will house the Centre for Conservation and Resources (CCR), designed by architect Corinne Vezzoni. A facility for the conservation of the collections, the CCR will also offer opportunities to visit behind the scenes of the museum. It will host a space recounting the history of the museum, also open to the public.

J4 15.000 m2 including 3,600 m2 of exhibition space
Fort Saint-Jean 15.000 m2 including 1,150 m2 of exhibition space
CCR 10.000 m2 including 7,000 m2 of storage facilities
 
  1.400 m2 of space open to the public
 
 
100 m2 of exhibition space
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DESCRIPTION
 
The architectural project
Corinne Vezzoni MuCEM Centre for Conservation and Resources MarseilleThis second major building site of the MuCEM, is located in the Belle de Mai district, near the Saint-Charles railway station. The building, with a surface area of nearly 13,000 m2, is located on former military grounds (Caserne de Muy) of around 1.20 hectares, envisioning a possible extension for the reserve collection at a later time.
The architect Corinne Vezzoni, a partner of Agence AURA, was the winner of this architecture competition, whose realisation is the subject of a public-private partnership entrusted to the Icade group.
Echoing the neighbouring industrial masses, the project for the reserve collection of the MuCEM establishes itself on the site in a radical and compact manner.
With a surface area identical to that of the museum, a square of 72 metres per side, it addresses the question of depth. The depth of human history, the relationship to the earth recounted by the stored objects, the relationship with time.
The reserve collection, this is behind the scenes, a well kept secret.

Corinne Vezzoni MuCEM Centre for Conservation and Resources MarseilleThe CCR appears as a huge monolith in rough concrete. Corinne Vezzoni was inspired by the work of Spanish sculptor Eduardo Chillida. The outer shell of rough and irregular concrete (slab cast on site and impregnated with pigment) is slashed, excavated, to allow a glimpse into the depth of the building, the luminosity of white concrete, smooth and reflective.
An inner universe develops around these hollows, allowing the offices to bathe in a tranquil atmosphere facing the park, and sheltered from the noise of the city.

In contrast to the transparency of the MuCEM open to all, the CCR is intended to be a protective place for the collections which will be spread over the more than 7,000 m2 of modern storage, on three levels, in accordance with the standards of preventive conservation (temperature and humidity). This storage will be compartmentalised into modules to organise and conserve the collections according to their size and bulk (weight capacity of the structure designed for 1.5 tons/m3), their material, and even the specific climatic requirements of some. Four small so-called “low-temperature” storage areas are planned to accommodate the most sensitive objects.
This results in very important constraints in networks and fluids in terms of junction and circulation. These constraints are accentuated by the architectural aspect of the project which includes rendering all equipment and grids on the facade and the roof invisible.
The reserve collection open to the public
Corinne Vezzoni MuCEM Centre for Conservation and Resources MarseilleThe first objective of the centre is naturally to ensure the conservation mission of the museum: to store, preserve, study, document, maintain and develop the collections. The MuCEM teams have at their disposition modern storage facilities meeting the standards for preventive conservation (temperature and humidity), restoration laboratories, an anoxic chamber (oxygen deprivation) for treating the collections to prevent infestations, workshops for the preparation of objects for exhibition, a photography studio... In addition to handling the collections, the spaces of the CCR are intended to accommodate documentary collections, scientific archives, as well as a library to support research.

Corinne Vezzoni MuCEM Centre for Conservation and Resources MarseilleBut beyond these essential functions, the centre aims to become a living space, a real tool for the enhancement and dissemination of the collections, through an active policy of loans and deposits. It is also a working tool for researchers and students. It makes accessible and communicable entire collections and holdings conserved by the MuCEM, of which only a fraction is visible in the building on the J4 pier and in Fort Saint-Jean.

To do this, several devices and facilities have been designed for the public. Three rooms are available for viewing objects, documentary resources and audiovisual holdings. An exhibition hall allows the presentation to the public pieces of the collection, new acquisitions, exemplary restorations... Finally, a storage facility is accessible to the public, on request. Established over 800 m2, it testifies to the richness and the diversity of the holdings, giving a better understanding of the conservation professions, showing visitors the methods employed for the preservation of the collections. At a time when the concept of “video on demand” is developing, the MuCEM thus proposes to its public “collections on demand”.

Beginning in autumn 2012, the new building will receive the first objects coming from Paris, and the installation of the collections will continue intensively until 2014.
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MATERIALS
 
reinforced concrete, brick

Number of m3 of concrete: 11.000m3 including 1.000m3 of white concrete and 800m3 of red concrete
Number of terracotta studs concealing the formwork gaps: 1.800

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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
France [France]
Region
PACA - Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
District
Bouches-du-Rhone
Town
Marseille
Address
Rue Clovis Hugues, Rue Guibal
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
Main
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for cultural activities
Archives
Buildings for other cultural activities
Museums and buildings for exhibitions
Others museums
Additional
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for cultural activities
Art galleries and exhibition areas
Research buildings and centers
Research buildings
Workshops
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2009    
Realisation
2010 - 2012
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
"Les élégantes épures de Corinne Vezzoni", Connaissance des Arts 710, décembre 2012, pp. 102-103
François Lamarre, "Belle de mai, les coulisses du MUCEM", Archiscopie 115, octobre 2012, pp. 18-20
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CLIENT
 
 
Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication - Direction générale des patrimoines
OPPIC (Opérateur du patrimoine et des projets immobiliers de la culture) - Centre de conservation et de ressources (CCR)
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AMOUNT
 
 
€ 28,900,000
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
Net habitable space: 13,199 m2 including:
- 7,265 m2 of reserve storage
- 1,575 m2 of areas for transit and work on the collections

Surface areas accessible to the public:
- 90 m2 exhibition gallery
- 230 m2 resource centre
- 45 m2 consultation “2D”
- 75 m2 consultation “3D”
- 950 m2 reserve storage accessible
Height
between 9m and 15.5m
Floors
3 levels
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Ingerop ingénierie
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STAFF
 
Associate designers
A.U.R.A.
André Jollivet
Project management
Corinne Vezzoni, André Jollivet
Construction management
ICADE Promotion
General contractor
Eiffage construction
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ANNOTATIONS
 
 


Other dossiers on Marseille-Provence 2013
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Agence Vezzoni et Associés, Thierry Lavernos
Drawings © Golem images
Text edit by MuCEM
Courtesy by Claudine Colin Communication

Corinne Vezzoni MuCEM Centre for Conservation and Resources Marseille



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