http://www.archdaily.com/340004/vieux-port-pavilion-foster-partners/Vieux Port Pavilion / Foster + Partners
Saturday in Marseille, France, pedestrians and city officials joined Foster + Partners to celebrate the completion of the Vieux Port Pavilion at the mouth of Marseille’s World Heritage-listed harbor. Minimal, yet effective, this “discreet” intervention provides a new sheltered events space on the eastern edge of the port. With six slender pillars supporting its razor-thin profile, the polished 46 by 22 meter stainless steel canopy amplifies and reflects the surrounding movement of the harbor, creating a spectacle that encourages pedestrians to linger.
Reclaiming the quaysides as civic space and reconnecting the port with the city, the boat houses and technical installations that previously lined the quays have been moved to new platforms and clubhouses over the water in an effort to establish a safe, pedestrianised environment that extends to the water’s edge.
The landscape design, which was developed with Michel Desvigne, includes a new pale granite surface, similar in color and durability as the original limestone cobbles. The simple, roughly textured materials secure accessibility for all, along with the elimination of curbs and level changes.
Spencer de Grey, Head of Design, Foster + Partners: “Our aim has been to make the Vieux Port accessible to all – the project is an invitation to the people of Marseille to enjoy and use this grand space for events, markets and celebrations once again. The new pavilion is quite literally a reflection of its surroundings – its lightweight steel structure is a minimal intervention and appears as a simple silver line on the horizon, but it brings a new focus, provides basic shelter and creates a venue for performances during this very important year for the city.”
@ Vonbingen: That is the follwooing project: http://www.mp2013.fr/evenements/2013/05/terraces-kader-attia/?lang=en
"Terraces, Kader Attia"
25 May - 29 September, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am - 7pm. Thursday 15 August, 10am - 7pm.Free entrance
Part city, part island and part Mediterranean, the sea wall is both near and far away, a symbolic strip of land separating the port from the open sea. This space where we see and are seen is a combination of inside and outside. This summer, the southern part of the sea wall will open to the public for weekend walks.
Kader Attia, an artist with multiple identities, has been invited to create artwork for this event. “Marseille’s port has always been a symbol for me, and a synonym of travelling. I imagine a project that is open to all horizons: the horizon of the city, the horizon of the open sea, and the coastline.”
Access via free ferry boat, departures from the J4, quai de la Tourette (between the Villa Méditerranée and the Fort Saint-Jean). Ferries run from 10am to 7pm
Departures every 20 minutes approximately.
http://www.dezeen.com/2013/05/23/mucem-by-rudy-ricciotti-photographed-by-edmund-sumner/MuCEM by Rudy Ricciotti
photographed by Edmund Sumner
Photographer Edmund Sumner has revealed initial images of the filigree-clad Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM) by architect Rudy Ricciotti, which is set to open next month on Marseille's waterfront (+ slideshow).
Tying in with the French city's designation as European Capital of Culture 2013, MuCEM is one of several civic buildings set to open there this year and will be dedicated to the history and cultures of the Mediterranean region.
Ornamental concrete shrouds the glazed exterior of the museum like a lacy veil, moderating light through to the building's two exhibition floors. Meanwhile, an inclined walkway bridges out from the roof the building to meet Fort Saint-Jean - a seventeenth-century stronghold that will also house museum exhibitions - before continuing on towards the Eglise Saint-Laurent church nearby.
Exhibitions / Museum
Opening of the Château Borély, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, de la Faïence et de la Mode
15th and 16th of June
The impressive Château Borély is opening its doors to the public. This historical monument has been entirely renovated and now houses the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, de la Faïence et de la Mode (Museum of Decorative Arts, Earthenware and Fashion). Visitors can view the exceptional collections of ceramics, glass, furniture, art, rare exotic objects, design and fashion. Contemporary artwork – including the large vestibule skylight created by designer Mathieu Lehanneur – can be found throughout the collections.