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Description: CMA CGM TOwer also called "Tour French Line".

A new 148-metre tower designed by Zaha Hadid, which is to become the headquarters of container shipping giant, CMA-CGM.

The high-rise is located in the business quarter of the city (euromediterranée district).

CMA CGM Head Office in Marseilles:



Some renders of the tower:






Current Hq of cma cgm:









Hope you like it.





There are more renders, and I have more informations to give you but currently I'm lacking time, so I'll put it later.
 

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Well because the right spelling of Marseille in english in Marseilles. In spanish: marsella, in italiano: Marsiglia etc etc.

Thanks for your comment, I'll post more info, renders and photo when I'll have time. I'll also open a thread of all Marseilles' Euromed project next week in the Int'l section.

@chrispic: you're welcome ;)
 

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In fact no, Marseilles is an alternate spelling of Marseille for english.
(source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marseille)
So why not use the main one, which would make more sense.

Well because the right spelling of Marseille in english in Marseilles. In spanish: marsella, in italiano: Marsiglia etc etc.

Thanks for your comment, I'll post more info, renders and photo when I'll have time. I'll also open a thread of all Marseilles' Euromed project next week in the Int'l section.

@chrispic: you're welcome ;)
 

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wow!! love the building. the curves are great :happy:
 

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At the beginning, the tower was supposed to reach 110 m. Due to CMA CGM fast growth, they decided to extend their future hq. The tower will now reach 150m.



Here is an explanation of the clad:

Compressed Complexity and Parametric Interarticulation

What is of particular interest to us is also the reverse effect: The disciplining effect of the task to design a high-rise on the architectural language we are trying to develop and refine. The tower demands much higher levels of precision and a close knit integration of all parts and subsystems. This shifts the emphasis of the new language of architecture away from the freewheeling, expansive layering to towards a keen sense of compact inter-articulation. This implies tight geometric coordination of all components. If the principles of variation, adaptation and differentiation are to be upheld we require a new set of concepts and tools. The geometry of the building has to be conceived as network of linked parameters and handled with an elaborate parametric models, whereby e.g. the internal subdivision is linked to vary simultaneously with the changing outer shape of the model. The structure should adjust with increasing height etc.
The designs of our towers for Beijing CBD, Milan, and Marseilles were generated by means of such a parametric models.
The parametric modeling affords a new, concrete understanding of “organic” design as parametrically controlled inter-articulation of the subsystems.
As scripted system of relations the parametric composition is highly differentiated, yet this differentiation is rule-governed. It is based on a systematic set of lawful correlations that are defined between the differentiated elements and subsystems. These correlations integrate and (re-)establish a visible coherence and unity across the differentiated system. It is the sense of law-governed complexity that assimilates this work to the forms we find in (organic as well as in inorganic) natural systems, where all forms are the result of lawfully interacting forces. Just like natural systems, parametric compositions cannot be easily decomposed into independent subsystems – a major point of difference in comparison with the modern insistence on clear separation of functional subsystems, like tower and podium, skin and skeleton, post and beam etc.


What is of particular interest to us is also the reverse effect: The disciplining effect of the task to design a high-rise on the architectural language we are trying to develop and refine. The tower demands much higher levels of precision and a close knit integration of all parts and subsystems. This shifts the emphasis of the new language of architecture away from the freewheeling, expansive layering to towards a keen sense of compact inter-articulation. This implies tight geometric coordination of all components. If the principles of variation, adaptation and differentiation are to be upheld we require a new set of concepts and tools. The geometry of the building has to be conceived as network of linked parameters and handled with an elaborate parametric models, whereby e.g. the internal subdivision is linked to vary simultaneously with the changing outer shape of the model. The structure should adjust with increasing height etc.
The designs of our towers for Beijing CBD, Milan, and Marseilles were generated by means of such a parametric models.
The parametric modeling affords a new, concrete understanding of “organic” design as parametrically controlled inter-articulation of the subsystems.
As scripted system of relations the parametric composition is highly differentiated, yet this differentiation is rule-governed. It is based on a systematic set of lawful correlations that are defined between the differentiated elements and subsystems. These correlations integrate and (re-)establish a visible coherence and unity across the differentiated system. It is the sense of law-governed complexity that assimilates this work to the forms we find in (organic as well as in inorganic) natural systems, where all forms are the result of lawfully interacting forces. Just like natural systems, parametric compositions cannot be easily decomposed into independent subsystems – a major point of difference in comparison with the modern insistence on clear separation of functional subsystems, like tower and podium, skin and skeleton, post and beam etc.



The designs of our towers for Beijing CBD, Milan, and Marseilles were generated by means of such a parametric models.
The parametric modeling affords a new, concrete understanding of “organic” design as parametrically controlled inter-articulation of the subsystems.
As scripted system of relations the parametric composition is highly differentiated, yet this differentiation is rule-governed. It is based on a systematic set of lawful correlations that are defined between the differentiated elements and subsystems. These correlations integrate and (re-)establish a visible coherence and unity across the differentiated system. It is the sense of law-governed complexity that assimilates this work to the forms we find in (organic as well as in inorganic) natural systems, where all forms are the result of lawfully interacting forces. Just like natural systems, parametric compositions cannot be easily decomposed into independent subsystems – a major point of difference in comparison with the modern insistence on clear separation of functional subsystems, like tower and podium, skin and skeleton, post and beam etc.





The site:

Between two highways (viaducs), in front of the port.

(you can see the tower cith it's 110 version)





Current Hq:



updates of the construction soon..
 

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Hi,

Second half of 2009 ( = third or fourth quarter of 2009)

Here is an extract of the cladding:



photo by forumer architoctoc.

@Chrispic: ;) I'll open a thread on "Marseille Euromediterranée projects" which is a bit like Haffencity in Hamburg (twin city of Marseilles) as soon as we got the renders of SAS SUEDE projects (possibly for MIPIM 2007 in 3 days). SAS SUEDE project :3 towers (two business (architects Jean Nouvel and Yves Lion) and one residential (JB Pietri)). For the moment, euromediterranée district gathers projets from the following international acrhitects: Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, Massimiliano Fuksas, Rudy Ricciotti, Fabrice Drain etc etc.
5 skyscrapers are planned (zaha hadid, jean Nouvel, Fabrice drain, Yves Lion and JB Pietri).
 

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finally
somebody post it
marseilles,full of wonderful projects

what about the jean nouvel tower? any news?
 
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