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Marseilles Building News

Marseille Architecture – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

26 Apr 2017
Vitrolles Media Library, 1 place de la liberté, avenue des Salyen, 13127 Vitrolles
Architect: Jean-Pierre Lott
Vitrolles Media Library Marseilles Buildings
photo : Aldo Amoretti
Vitrolles Media Library, Marseille
The architect Jean-Pierre Lott has just delivered the new media library of Vitrolles. Located in the heart of the district of Les Pins, it symbolizes the renewal of the town center.

30 Sep 2013
MUCEM Museum, Marseille, southern France
Design: Rudy Ricciotti
Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations Marseilles Buildings
photo : Gabrielle Voinot
The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations Marseille
The Museum is organised on three levels with an array of exhibitions, an auditorium and a bookstore. The rooftop is a particular feature and is set to become an iconic venue for the city with beautiful panoramic views of the sea and harbour. At night a lighting scheme designed by Yann Kersalé creates a magical atmosphere with shades of blue and turquoise.

5 Mar 2013
Vieux Port Pavilion – building news
Design: Foster + Partners
Vieux Port Pavilion Marseilles Buildings
photo : Nigel Young
Vieux Port Pavilion Marseille
The new events pavilion is a simple, discreet canopy of highly reflective stainless steel, 46 by 22 metres in size, open on all sides and supported by slender pillars. Its polished, mirrored surface reflects the surrounding port and tapers towards the edges, minimising its profile and reducing the structure’s visual impact.

11 Feb 2012
Cité Radieuse Fire
On Thursday evening, three apartments (eight apartments noted in one report) in the Cité Radieuse were destroyed in a fire and around 35 others were seriously damaged. The Cité Radieuse is located in Marseilles, France.

The nine-storey Marseilles housing block was designed by Modernist architect Le Corbusier and completed in 1951/52. The cause of the fire is unknown at time of writing.

The Radiant City building was classified as a historic monument in 1995.

Marseilles Buildings

Key Architecture Projects, alphabetical:

CMA CGM Headquarters – project
Dates built: 2005-12
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
CMA CGM Headquarters Marseilles building design by zaha Hadid Architects
photo from architects
Zaha Hadid Architects : featured at AIT ArchitekturSalon Cologne, Germany
110m high building

Equestrian Centre
Dates built: 1999-2001
Design: Massimiliano Fuksas Architects

EuroMed Center
Date built: 2005-
Design: Massimiliano Fuksas Architects
Euromed Center Marseille building design
image © Studio Fuksas
Euromed Center Marseille
The proposed building is part of a public project called “Euroméditerranée” which deals with renewing some urban areas of Marseille through the launch of several international architecture competitions. Architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas won this Marseille architecture competition in 2006.

Institute for Neurobiology

Design: Snøhetta Architects

Unité d’Habitation
Date built: 1952
Design: Le Corbusier

8 Mar 2012
Marseille Vieux Port Masterplan
Design: Foster + Partners
Marseille Vieux Port Masterplan
image : Foster + Partners
Marseille Vieux Port Masterplan
Marseille’s Vieux Port, one of the great Mediterranean ports, is about to be transformed. Work has started on Michel Desvigne’s and Foster + Partners’ competition-winning masterplan for its regeneration. The 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.

More Marseilles Architecture projects online soon

Location: Marseilles, southern France, western Europe

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Zenith Saint-Etienne Building
Design: Foster + Partners

Limoges concert hall
Design: Bernard Tschumi Architects

Pierre Vives Project
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects

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