The Marseille History Museum / Carta Associés

© Carta Associés / Studio Adeline Rispal - photo Serge Demailly

Architects: Carta Associés
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Roland Carta
Museography: Studio Adeline Rispal
Contractor: Léon Grosse
Area: 6300.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Carta Associés / Studio Adeline Rispal – photo Serge Demailly

City Center Pavilion and Main Square / Comac

© Philippe Ruault

Architects: Comac
Location: La Nerthe, Marseille, France
Landscape Architect: Paul Petel
Area: 3,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

Contemporary Art Center – FRAC / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: ,
Architect In Charge Of Construction Site: Nicolas Moreau, Jean-Daniel Boyé, Frank Anderle, Loïc Lequertier, Pascal Ferrera
Architecture Team: Kengo Kuma, Yuki Ikeguchi, Nicolas Moreau, Louise Lemoine, Félicien Duval, Shinku Noda, Jun Shibata
Area: 5,757 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nicolas Waltefaugle, Erieta Attali

The House of Chutes-Lavie / Damien Fluchaire & Julien Cogne

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Architects: Damien Fluchaire & Julien Cogne
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Damien Fluchaire, Julien Cogne
Engineering Firm: Auxitec BET
Area: 835 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of FDC-Studio, D. Fluchaire, P. Terraz, A.Ravix

Le Corbusier and Brutalism Exhibition

I DREAMT, , 1953, oil on canvas © Fondation /ADAGP Paris 2013

Opening October 11th to mark the re-opening of the J1 Maritime Hangar, Marseille-Provence 2013, European Capital of Culture, is presenting the Le Corbusier and Brutalism Exhibition in celebration of one of the most esteemed architects of the 20th century. The exhibition emphasizes the different facets of this unique artist-architect who along with his design work also pursued drawing, urbanism, painting, and sculpture.

Curated by Jacques Sbriglio, the renowned architect and realized in collaboration with the Fondation Le Corbusier, Le Corbusier and Brutalism covers the period from 1935 to 1965. It presents more than 250 of the architect’s works: 133 original blueprints, 54 drawings and sketches, 33 paintings, 14 sculptures, 10 enamels, 4 tapestries, and 19 architectural models, as well as close to 100 photographs taken at Le Corbusier’s building sites. The exhibition ends December 22. For more information, please visit here.

AD Classics: Ville Radieuse / Le Corbusier

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Ville Radieuse (The Radiant City) is an unrealized urban masterplan by , first presented in 1924 and published in a book of the same name in 1933. Designed to contain effective means of transportation, as well as an abundance of green space and sunlight, ’s city of the future would not only provide residents with a better lifestyle, but would contribute to creating a better society. Though radical, strict and nearly totalitarian in its order, symmetry and standardization, ’s proposed principles had an extensive influence on modern urban planning and led to the development of new high-density housing typologies.

MuCEM / Rudy Ricciotti

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Architects: Rudy Ricciotti
Location: ,
Associate Architects: C+T architecture
Year: 2013
Photographs: Steven Massart

Vieux Port Pavilion / Foster + Partners, Photos by Edmund Sumner

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Located at the mouth of Marseille, the Vieux Port Pavilion, designed by Foster + Partners, provides a new sheltered events space on the eastern edge of the port. Bringing new focus to the city, these photographs by Edmund Sumner demonstrate the stainless steel canopy’s ability to amplify and reflect the surrounding movement of the harbor, creating a spectacle that encourages pedestrians to linger. Since its opening early this year, the project is truly an invitation to the people of Marseille to enjoy and use this grand space for events, markets and celebrations once again. A complete gallery of Sumner’s images can be viewed after the break.

Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse Rooftop to Host Contemporary Art Center

Restored Rooftop Terrace of Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse ©

When the gym and solarium on the 20-century’s most famous rooftop terrace – elevated 18-stories above Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse - went up for sale in 2010, French designer of Ora-ïto immediately jumped on the opportunity and purchased the space. With the support of the Foundation Le Corbusier, Ora-ïto initiated a campaign to restore the 1950‘s structure to its original state, by removing an addition that blocked the spaces 360-degree views of the city, and transform it into a contemporary art center, named the MAMO for “Marseille Modulor” – as a nod to New York’s MOMA.

More about MAMO after the break…

Zaha Hadid Architects’ First Built Tower: CMA CGM Headquarters

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’ first built tower, the CMA CGM Headquarters in , France, is most immediately notable for its vertical form.

As the stunning images from Hufton + Crow show, the tower’s disparate volumes (generated from gradual centripetal vectors) gently converge towards each other and then bend apart to create an elegant “metallic curving arc that slowly lifts and accelerates skywards into [...a] dramatic vertical geometry.”

Read More about CMA CGM Headquarters, after the break…

Vieux Port Pavilion / Foster + Partners

© Nigel Young / 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 canopy amplifies and reflects the surrounding movement of the harbor, creating a spectacle that encourages pedestrians to linger.

More on Foster’s Vieux Port Pavilion after the break…

Proposal for an Urban Itinerary / Comac Architects

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The proposal for an urban itinerary, designed by Comac Architects, presents an urban path to extend “Marseilles 2013″ European Capital of Culture throughout the entire city. A total of 13 key-districts will be connected by the path and interspersed with urban pavilions, each focused on a famous artist from Marseilles. Each unit will offer a certain perspective of Marseilles, and will offer tourists a new way to discover our city and its emblematic districts. More images and architects’ description after the break.

La Grange de Mon Père / MJ Architectes

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Architects: MJ Architectes
Location: , France
Architects: Marielle Camoin, Jonathan Inzerillo
Restructuration: 35 sqm
Extension: 63 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Michael Jan

Masterplan for Marseille’s Vieux Port / Foster + Partners

Courtesy of Foster + Partners

One of the greatest Mediterranean Ports is about to be transformed. Work has begun on the Old Port of as part of a series of regeneration projects to be completed in time for the city’s inauguration as European Capital of Culture in 2013. Based on French landscape architect Michel Desvigne’s and London-based architects Foster + Partners’ competition-winning master plan, the project will reclaim the quaysides as a civic space, creating new informal venues for performances and events, while traffic is relocating traffic to a safe, semi-pedestrianised public realm.

Lord Foster stated, “I know the harbor at Marseille well and it is a truly grand space. This project is a great opportunity to enhance it using very simple means, to improve it with small, discreet pavilions for events, for markets, for special occasions. Our approach has been to work with the climate, to create shade, but at the same time to respect the space of the harbor – just making it better.”

Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse damaged by Fire

’s Cité Radieuse has been severely damaged fire. The nine-story “vertical village” in , France became a historic monument in 1995 and serves as one of the most important postwar landmarks of modernist architecture.

The fire began Thursday afternoon in a first floor duplex. Firefighters fought over 12 hours to tame the blaze and were able to bring it under control earlier this morning. Many reports state at least eight to eleven homes were destroyed and twenty to thirty were damaged by smoke. All residents were evacuated late on Thursday. Thankfully, no one was critically injured and only five people were treaded in the hospital for minor injuries.

Le Corbusier built the social housing complex between 1947 and 1951. About 1,600 people live it its 334 famous duplex apartments. Some residents have resided in the complex since its inauguration. Many of the inhabitants include middle-class teachers and architects.

It remains unclear on how the fire was started.

Find more information on Unite d’ Habitation here on ArchDaily.

Reference: Le Huffington Post, The Guardian

Netcenter / François Leclercq and Zakarian-Navelet Architectes

© Céline Michelon

Architects: François Leclercq and Zakarian-Navelet Architectes
Location: , France
Project team: Romain Dufour, Olivier Navelet, , Stanislas Zakarian
Engineer: Sotec ingénierie
Project year: 2008
Project area: 5,000 sqm
Photographer: Céline Michelon