Vieux Port Pavilion Design by Foster + Partners


Foster + Partners have created the Vieux Port Pavilion in Marseille, France. The alteration of Marseille’s World Heritage-listed harbour was officially inaugurated on Saturday through a ceremony attended by Eugene Caselli, President of Marseille Provence Métropole and Jean-Claude Gaudin, the Mayor of Marseille.

The function marked the completion on the modern ‘club nautique’ pavilions plus a meaningful sheltered incidents place within the Quai de la Fraternite while using the eastern borders on the port, created to commemorate the city’s 12 months as ‘European Capital of Culture’.


The new events pavilion can be a simple, discreet canopy of tremendously reflective not stainable steel, 46 by twenty two meters in size, unprejudiced on all sides and supported by slender pillars. Its polished, mirrored working surface displays the encompassing port and tapers in direction of the edges, minimizing its report and decreasing the structure’s visible impression.


Reclaiming the quaysides as civic space and reconnecting the port with the city, the boat houses and specialized installations that in the past lined the quays are actually transferred to new programs and clubhouses since the standard water. The pedestrian location across the harbor may be enlarged and targeted traffic are going to be slowly diminished since the arriving many years to deliver a safe, pedestrianized setting that extends towards the water’s borders.


The landscape design, which was produced with Michel Desvigne, contains a brand new pale granite surface, in exactly the identical shade since the first limestone cobbles. The simple, hard-wearing, roughly textured supplies are right for the port setting, and also to enhance convenience for all, kerbs and tier adjustments are already removed.


Architects: Foster + Partners

Photography: Nigel Young

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