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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The MuCEM's Conservation and Resource Centre

The Hidden MuCEM

The MuCEM project is composed of three sites: the first (and most visible) is the main building on the J4 pier, in dialogue with the second (the rehabilitated Fort Saint-Jean), and this centre, built in the Belle de Main district. This annex houses the documentary collections, the library and scientific archives, which are accessible to heritage professionals, researchers, students, and, by appointment, to the public. This new construction rests on a square base, in reference to Rudy Ricciotti's J4 building, in alignment with the street that runs along the SNCF's railways. The two existing buildings completing the site have been renovated: the first is a reception facility for artefacts in transit, and the second to house foreign researchers. The building's walls were developed to be thick, in order to better protect and conserve the collections. The ochre-coloured poured concrete cladding is integrated within a matrix of wooden planks. Deep openings are treated with white concrete blocks, allowing daylight to penetrate. Note the engraving "CCR MUCEM 2013" in the mortar that fills the reinforcement cones. The exterior space is placed on the building's southern angle in order to provide ventilation and daylight to the offices. On the facades that are less visible from the streets, the simpler cladding features the same deep openings as the front facade.
Architect :
Corinne Vezzoni & Pascal Laporte / André Jollivet
Year : 2013
Type : cultural equipment
Address : 10 Rue Clovis Hugues,
13003 Marseille
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