Perhaps not everyone knows this but Marseille, France‘s second city in population, one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean, has been elected European Capital of Culture in January 2013. I had the chance to cross it for work and it is an explosion of new cutting edge architectural projects. Of course, Marseille is a city that tells its story to the bone, especially in the port area. But I had to stop so close to the future Modulor Marseille called simply MaMo, ie the transformation of the terrace of the Radiant City of Le Corbusier’s Cité. Need to be careful in order not to confuse it with the MoMa in New York.
In fact this space dedicated to the art was designed by Japanese architect Ito Morabito. The facility will be accessible and available from June for designers and artists but it is already a bustle of works, stand builders and artists. The first exhibition in the calendar is titled Architectones by Xavier Veilhan.
Marseilles Cultural City
However, there are many other new architectures to visit in Marseille as the Villa Méditerranée or restored historical buildings such as the Fort St. Jean, the Cathedral de la Major, Shiloh. We are talking about an area of almost three square kilometers, an area filled with outbuildings such as those of industrial areas which were then transformed into museums, offices and commercial areas.
Marseilles 2013 ECoC
Marseilles Cultural Buildings
If you’re still in France or are planning a visit soon these may interest you: Four Tips for Dining Like a Local in France, Paris travel guide, France.
Marseille photos: BeatrizGarcia, I Like a Leica, kelly-grainger, arrakis_m, john.steven3.