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La Crique Apartments in Marseille, France

Contemporary Apartment Building Development in Southern France design by PietriArchitectes

post updated 1 September 2023

Design: PietriArchitectes

Location: at the base of the Montagne de l’Aigle, Marseille, southern France

La Crique Apartments

La Crique Apartments in Marseille

Photos by Luc Boegly

La Crique Apartments

Luminous, curvilinear facades, ribbons of generous balconies separated by wood panels… At the foot of the Montagne de l’Aigle, Architect Jean-Baptiste Pietri’s studio has created a new programme of 145 apartments, a stone’s throw from the coves of the Massif des Calanques that gave the project its name: La Crique.

La Crique Apartments in Marseille

Located in Marseille’s 9th arrondissement, where Chemin du Roy d’Espagne crosses Boulevard Louis Pierotti, the project’s buildings form two distinct units, surrounded by dense vegetation. Each sits effortlessly on the land, totally in keeping with existing elevations. The first volume to the east is set slightly lower, allowing it to follow the natural lie of the land and minimising its visual impact. The sculpted volumes snake over the site and interlock to create a sizable green space, the real planted centrepiece of the plot.

La Crique Apartments in Marseille

The end walls with their staggered terraces create tiers, echoing the mountainous topography nearby. To the north, along the Chemin du Roy d’Espagne, the building’s line has been interrupted.

La Crique Apartments in Marseille

This therefore creates an “inlet”, reminiscent of the calanques and revealing a landscaped garden of Mediterranean garrigue. Access to the hallways of the two buildings is set in the centre of the plot, slightly below the private road, allowing residents daily enjoyment of the greenery.

La Crique Apartments in Marseille

Also in line with the hills, the north-facing terraces which guarantee superb luminosity all year round are adorned with plant pots containing trees, and gain gradually in depth from the ground up to the roof. The project thus mirrors the fundamental characteristics of the site it is set in.

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Built in a difficult geographical environment, in the context of a straightforward help-to-buy scheme, with simple materials, La Crique encapsulates all the know-how of the architect, who, with great generosity, designed two seemingly ordinary buildings, yet managed to incorporate an extra share of heart and soul.

La Crique Apartments in Marseille

The exterior spaces allocated to each apartment are more than generous, the specific characteristics of the surrounding landscape are deftly reflected in the design, light has been given its rightful place: everything about the project bears witness to a new way of thinking Marseille’s identity.

La Crique Apartments in Marseille

La Crique Apartments – Building Information

Location: Marseille, France
Budget: 13.1 M€
Project end date: March 2018
Area: 8574 m2 SDP/7871m² SHAB
Client: Constructa / Eiffage Immobilier
Architects: PietriArchitectes

La Crique Apartments in Marseille

Acoustic engineer: BET Yves Garnier
Geotechnics: Sol-essais
SPS Coordinator: Surbat
Structural engineer: ICES BTP
Guard rail: BUGAL
Ceramic: Casalgrande Padana
Landscaper: Thomas Gentilini
Technical inspection agency: Alpes Contrôle
Main contractor: Eiffage Construction Provence
Certification RT2012/H&E

La Crique Apartments in Marseille

Photographer: Luc Boegly

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