The villa Méditerranée < > the docks

From the J4, "Marseille's new cultural centre" to the Place de La Joliette, at the heart of the new Euroméditerranée business centre, this tour provides an understanding of the difficulties of opening the commercial port up to the city, and the solutions that were implemented.

villa Méditerranée < > les docks Villa méditerannéee la station sanitaire aménagement de la place de la Major l'évéché Villa d'Este siège de la SNCM le J1 Les docks de la Joliette
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The historical HQ of the Marseille police since 1908, and the backdrop of noir fictions written and filmed in the city.

The main difficulty facing Fernand Pouillon and René Egger in the reconstruction of the building, which was burned down during the Liberation, was its inclusion in the Cathédrale de la Major classified site. Employing a courtyard typology, it is articulated with the existing building by the slight offset of its facade. The thick facade's treatment remains classical: a portico composed of a colonnade, sleeper walls that are delicately embossed, the nobility of the materials... An austere yet imposing decorum that contributed to making the interwar period's "capital of crime" the setting of crime novels and movies for five decades.
Architects :
Egger - Pouillon
Year : 1952
Type : police office
Address :
2 Rue Antoine Becker, 13002 Marseille
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