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MVRDV and Delft University of Technology Release "Le Grand Puzzle", an Urban Study of Marseille in the South of France

MVRDV and The Why Factory (Delft University of Technology) revealed “Le Grand Puzzle”, a book that holds ambitious ideas for Marseille, in the south of France. In fact, the study, made from 2018 to the start of 2020, “proposes a methodology, an agenda, and an analysis to portray today’s Marseille”.

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Place du Village House / Zakarian-Navelet Architectes

© Stéphane Chalmeau© Stéphane Chalmeau© Stéphane Chalmeau© Stéphane Chalmeau+ 17

Hyères, France
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  230
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Cemex, Duravit, Onix, Zellige

Malpasse Stadium / Guillaume Pepin architect + Fabrice Giraud architect

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Marseille, France

Le Monticole Housing / LAND + Bag Architecture

© Philippe Conti© Philippe Conti© Philippe Conti© Philippe Conti+ 25

The House On The Roof / Rémy MARCIANO architecte

© Florence Vesval© Florence Vesval© Florence Vesval© Florence Vesval+ 17

Hexagone Learning Center / Rémy MARCIANO architecte

© Takuji Shimmura© Takuji Shimmura© Takuji Shimmura© Takuji Shimmura+ 34

MVRDV and The Why Factory Develop a Future "Grand Puzzle" of Marseille for Manifesta 13

In 2020, the French city of Marseille is set to host Manifesta 13, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art. In preparation for the event, MVRDV has collaborated with thinktank The Why Factory (directed by MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas) in unveiling “The Grand Puzzle,” a 1200-page interdisciplinary pre-biennial research study of the urban potential for Marseille.

MVRDV produced the study through deep analyses of the city, such as interviews and spatial data, culminating in suggestions for possible urban interventions. As part of this engagement, the firm worked with The Why Factory, founded as “the think tank on the future city” at Technical University Delft, who collaborated with local architecture and design schools on the study. Having received overwhelmingly positive feedback, the work will now be “contextualized, analyzed, and refined as it becomes a tool for Marseillais to imagine possible futures for their city.” In addition, the study will serve as a point of inspiration for artistic and cultural interventions both before and during the Manifesta biennial.

La Marseillaise / Ateliers Jean Nouvel

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Jean Nouvel's Vibrant La Marseillaise is Completed with 27 Shades of Red, White, and Blue

The Jean Nouvel-designed La Marseillaise has been completed, decorating the skyline of Marseille, France with 27 shades of red, white, and blue concrete. Standing at 135 meters, the 31-story office tower contains a business restaurant, nursery, and retail.

The scheme sits in proximity to the CMA CGM Headquarters, which was the first Zaha Hadid Architects-designed tower to be built.

© Stéphane ABOUDARAM | WE ARE CONTENT(S)© Stéphane ABOUDARAM | WE ARE CONTENT(S)© Stéphane ABOUDARAM | WE ARE CONTENT(S)© Stéphane ABOUDARAM | WE ARE CONTENT(S)+ 14

Apartment in Le Corbusier's Unité d'Habitation Renovated to Original Design by Philipp Mohr

Architect Philipp Mohr has led the renovation of an apartment at Le Corbusier’s iconic Unite d’Habitation in Berlin, carried out to the architect’s original design. Over the course of two years, Mohr’s team engaged with archival research, antique shopping, and the surveying of the Unite d’Habitation Marseille in France.

Mohr purchased the apartment in 2016 and embarked on a journey of demolition, measurement, and extensive renovation including lowering ceilings and moving walls in order to recreate the interior likely envisioned by Le Corbusier.

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NP2F Wins Competition for New Mediterranean Institute of Cities and Territories in Marseille

NP2F, in collaboration with Marion Bernard, Point Supreme and Jacques Lucan, has won the competition for a new institute on Porte d’Aix Plaza in Marseille, France. A combination of research and education at a Mediterranean scale, the Mediterranean Institute of Cities and Territories will link three programmatic volumes: the Atelier Building, the Forum Building and the Experimentation and Research Building. The three forms compound a "progressive system and precise composition" oriented around a Y-shaped courtyard.

Lucien Cornil Student Residence / A+Architecture

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Marseille, France
  • Architects: A+Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  12000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Atlas Schindler, ARBONIS, ARBONIS and CHIRI, ARCADE, ART DECO, +3

Foster + Partners Selected to Design Marseille Airport Extension

Foster + Partners has won the competition to design a new extension to Marseille Airport that will allow the building to process up to 12 million passengers a year. The 2-phase design will add a new central pavilion to the existing building—which comprises the original 1960s structure designed by Fernand Pouillon, and a 1992 extension by Richard Rogers—and a new pier to provide access to the planes.

La Barquiere / PietriArchitectes

© Mathieu Ducros and Nicolas Vaccaro© Mathieu Ducros and Nicolas Vaccaro© Mathieu Ducros and Nicolas Vaccaro© Mathieu Ducros and Nicolas Vaccaro+ 22

Marseille, France
  • Architects: PietriArchitectes
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3600
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: BUGAL, Casalgrande Padana, DSA Méditerranée

Juvenile Detention Educational Facility / Combas Architectes

© Javier Callejas© Javier Callejas© Javier Callejas© Javier Callejas+ 32

  • Architects: Combas Architectes
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2450
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Lafarge Holcim, Artemat, Carrières de Provence, Fermacell, Toitures Montilliennes

ESSENTIEL Lifestore / Rémy MARCIANO architecte

© Takuji Shimmura© Takuji Shimmura© Takuji Shimmura© Takuji Shimmura+ 19

Marseille, France
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  250
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: ETHNICRAFT, Fermob, Fermacell, Marseille

MI-mAbs / Mira

© Clément Guillaume© Clément Guillaume© Clément Guillaume© Clément Guillaume+ 27

  • Architects: Mira
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2090
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: BASF, Arc Conception, Process bois Laudescher

Noto-Lucchesi Stadium / Studio NAOM

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Marseille, France
  • Architects: Studio NAOM
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: EDEL GRASS, Iris Ceramica, PETITJEAN