Marseille : Euromediterranean – Lot 2B

Project management
Competition – Winner
Urban development
New neighbourhood
Courtyard garden

Client :
EPA Euroméditerranée

BASE + Groupe Brémond
+ Progereal Finareal + Philippe Gazeau architecte urbaniste + Atelier d’architecture Yvann Pluskwa
+ Herreros Arquitectos + ITF

Marseille / Bouches-du-Rhône
Budget / 32 M€
Surface area / 6 ha
Completion / 2019

The subject of the study was the urban block on either side of a pedestrian crossing which is part of the ‘inhabited park’ of the Arenc district.

This neighbourhood is undergoing major change. Our ambition here is to make the area instantly attractive and to create a specific program which lays the foundation for a local community.

The particular location seemed to lend itself to the creation of two connected garden courtyards open onto a public ‘rambla’ connecting the rue de Ruffi to the rue Peysonnel. Using a simple principle of space sequencing with a gradation between more intimate to more urban sociable places, this composition ensures continuity.

There is a harmony on the ground level between mineral spaces, planted beds, tall trees, and water elements which regulate humidity and ensure shade. Around the water basin is a space which lends itself to relaxation and contemplation whilst the water itself helps to maintain a relatively cool ambient temperature.

A substantial volume of soil in the central space allows the development of tall trees which protect the space from direct sunlight. This area provides shade and contributes to the bioclimatology of the building. The celosia and jealousie trees are reminiscent of the moucharaby enclosed balconies, providing abundant ventilation, filtering light and preserving the privacy of the courtyards. The ceramic ground cover echoes the celosias.

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