A stroll around the Friche

This architectural tour is an opportunity to discover this former blue-collar neighbourhood, which was home to a number of the Seita tobacco factory's workers. These buildings come together to tell a story of two centuries of industrial architecture in the heart of Marseille. The transformation of these abandoned and disused buildings into a number of culture spaces gave birth to La Friche de la Belle de Mai. Tobacco, culture... and the military! The army has recently vacated several barracks in the area. These formerly-abandoned spaces offer new territories for city makers to conquer.

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Municipal Archives

The City's Living Memory

A New Life for the Old Tobacco Factory The first area to be rehabilitated as part of the regeneration of the site was dedicated to heritage. The building was originally designed according to the same model as all of France's tobacco factories: an H-shaped floorplan housing vast, airy spaces. It was only logical for the City of Marseille to choose the building for its Municipal Archives. The soul of the building (now open to the public) was preserved due to the designer's clever use of the construction's materials and transparency to highlight the existing architecture.
Architect :
Biaggi et Maurin
Year : 1996
Type : cultural equipment
Address : 10 Rue Clovis Hugues
13003 Marseille
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