Let's take a stroll through the Euroméditerranée district, the largest urban redevelopment in Southern Europe, which, over the last decade and a half, has been transforming former port brownfields into a true 21st-century Mediterranean city. The objectives are to reconnect the port to the city, extend the downtown core northwards, and create an interface with the surrounding neighbourhoods - and the metropolis beyond. A showcase for Marseille, this area is a major site of experimentation encompassing regional and international architectural trends.

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A Museum Without Walls

Kengo Kuma wanted to realize André Malraux "three-dimensional version of the museum without walls." The Japanese architect thus describes his intention: "a living, moving, museum without a museum, wherein the artwork is constantly mobile to better reach and interact with the viewer." This philosophy responds to the Fonds Régionaux d’Art Contemporain's needs to a tee, as its mandate is the acquisition of artworks and public education. The building is separated into two clearly identifiable sections: the main body to the southwest, linked to the northern tower by skywalks. It houses a number of spaces for conservation, events, exhibitions, documentation, and teaching. The building's most remarkable aspect is its "scaly" glass facade, which provides views into the building, while regulating incoming light, diffusing it for the comfort of the visitors and the conservation of the artwork. The floating skywalks are connected to terraces, providing plazas above the city, and creating potential links between art and everyday life.
Architect :
Kenzo Kuma & Tourry-Vallet
Year : 2013
Type : cultural equipment
Address :
20 boulevard de Dunkerque 13002 Marseille
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