foster + partners: vieux port pavilion, marseille
mar 05, 2013
foster + partners: vieux port pavilion, marseille

‘vieux port pavilion’ by foster + partners, marseille, france

image © nigel young / foster + partners



a simple intervention on a french quayside, foster + partners newly inaugurated  ‘port vieux’ pavilion is a literal reflection of the idyllic
surrounding wharf. the 46 by 22 meter canopy is made of highly polished stainless steel such that it reflects the inverted pedestrian area and
harbor at the water’s edge. the project is part of a larger move to reclaim quaysides as civic spaces and is accompanied by the relocation of platforms
and clubhouses over the water. the landscape design was developed by michel desvigne and includes a subtle granite surface that mimics the
original limestone cobbles. these elegant and roughly textures materials weave into the port setting and are mirrored in the covered space, which
anticipates becoming a space for events, markets and special occasions. while the gleaming pavilion appears to be a quiet silver line on the horizon,
the impact of the lightweight steel structure’s underbelly is undeniable. the grand space of the harbor is multiplied and invites users to respect and
enjoy the waterscape by becoming both spectator and a component of the spectacle.   



the pavilion reflects the bustling port in marseille

image © nigel young / foster + partners



part of a greater revitalization effort, the covered area is envisioned as an event space and possible market place

image © nigel young / foster + partners



spectators can become part of the landscape spectacle

image © nigel young / foster + partners



the horizontal plane of stainless steel mirrors the quayside and pedestrian traffic

image © nigel young / foster + partners

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