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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The Marceau

A Remarkable Example of 1960s Architecture That Continues to Shape the Neighbourhood

The buildings contrasting facades reveal its mixed-use nature. It harkens back to the Haussmanian typology: the alignments, the setbacks on the upper floors... The elevation is marked with long horizontal lines, the balconies are separated by plates of glass, and the wooden sunshade skim the naked facade. The balconies' painted undersides underline the mobile character of the spaces within. The top floor is set further back, and punctuated by chimneys that act as sheltering walls. The vocabulary recalls the futuristic Città Nuova (Sant’Elia, 1914) or Henri Sauvage's Parisian tiered buildings (1928), in a reinterpretation of the urban planning regulations. Of note are the two double-height lobbies, decorated with Pierre Ambrogiani frescoes, which lead up to a gallery on the first floor, from where the vertical circulations emanate.
The building was renovated during the 2000s. The building was classified Patrimoine du XXème Siècle (the French “20th Century Heritage” designation). .
Architect :
Claude Gros
Year : 1964
Type : Housing
Address :
110 bd de Paris 13002 Marseille
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