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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Marseille Vieux Port in France by Foster + Partners

 
March 6th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Foster + Partners

Description
Marseille’s Vieux Port is one of the grand Mediterranean ports, but over time the World Heritage-listed site has become inaccessible to pedestrians and has been cut off from the life of the city. The masterplan for its regeneration 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. Its transformation is one of a series of projects to be completed in time for the city’s inauguration as European Capital of Culture in 2013.

Image Courtesy © Nigel Young_Foster + Partners 

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Project: Marseille Vieux Port
  • Location: Marseille, France
  • Appointment: 2011
  • Area: 100 000 m²
  • Client: MPM, Marseille Provence Metropole
  • Collaborating Architect: Michel Desvigne, Tangram Architectes
  • Additional Consultants: Ingerop Mediterannee, Aik Yann Kersale, Ingerop Mediterannee

Image Courtesy © Nigel Young_Foster + Partners

Enlarging 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 landscape design, which was developed with Michel Desvigne, includes a new pale granite surface, which echoes the shade of the original limestone cobbles.

Image Courtesy © Nigel Young_Foster + Partners

Planting is kept to a minimum in favour of hard-wearing, roughly textured materials appropriate to the port setting. The design eliminates kerbs and changes in level to improve accessibility, as well as using removable cast iron bollards to maximise flexibility.

Image Courtesy © Nigel Young_Foster + Partners

Using very simple means, the space will be enhanced with small, discreet pavilions for events, markets and special occasions. 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.

Image Courtesy © Nigel Young_Foster + Partners

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.

Image Courtesy © Nigel Young_Foster + Partners

Image Courtesy © Nigel Young_Foster + Partners

Image Courtesy © Nigel Young_Foster + Partners

Image Courtesy © Nigel Young_Foster + Partners

Image Courtesy © Nigel Young_Foster + Partners

Image Courtesy © Nigel Young_Foster + Partners

Image Courtesy © Nigel Young_Foster + Partners

Image Courtesy © Nigel Young_Foster + Partners

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