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Port Vieux pavilion by Foster + Partners

Category: Architecture Published on 05 Mar, 2013 Tags: , , ,
Port Vieux pavilion by Foster + Partners

In the stunning Marseille’s World Heritage-listed harbour, Foster + Partners, last Saturday, have officially inaugurated  the ‘Port Vieux’ pavilion. The new events pavilion is a simple, discreet canopy of highly reflective stainless steel, 46 by 22 metres in size, open on all sides and supported by slender pillars. Its polished, mirrored surface reflects the surrounding port and tapers towards the edges, minimising its profile and reducing the structure’s visual impact. 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. The pedestrian area around the harbour has been enlarged and traffic will be gradually reduced over the coming years to provide 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, in the same shade as the original limestone cobbles. The simple, hard-wearing, roughly textured materials are appropriate to the port setting, and to improve accessibility for all, kerbs and level changes have been eliminated.

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image © Nigel Young – courtesy of Foster + Partners

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