marseille is a place with a thousand faces and many destinies that converge in it, coming from all over the mediterranean. the multi-ethnic french metropolis has for many centuries retained a strong autonomy and identity over the rest of the nation while still maintaining a cultural ferment that is the city’s recognition of the european capital of culture 2013. the ancient charm of the military fortifications and the cathedrals, de la major and la garde, have been joined by contemporary architectural projects such as la ville mediterranea designed by boeri studio, the mucem by ricciotti studio and foster cover at the old port that turned the waterfront.

marseille is a place with a thousand faces and many destinies that converge in it



american-based architects jaehong chung, joohwan seo, wooyoung choi, and dami kim want to imagine a renewal that also involves le panier district. a social housing that becomes a meeting place where the inhabitants of the ancient center can establish a new system of social connections. a public square embedded in the project that serves the whole community will complete the intervention by making contemporary a means of urban transformation.

a public square embedded in the project

the intervention is a contemporary method of urban transformation

the inhabitants can establish new means to social connections

the team wants to imagine a renewal that also involves le panier district

a social housing that becomes a meeting place in the ancient center

studio 101 submitted this proposal for the marseille social housing competition

social housing and embedded plaza is set in marseille’s ancient center

floor plans




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