CLIENT :REGIONE PACA- COTE D'AZUR
WITH STEFANO BOERI
SIZE :7.500 SQM
LOCATION :MARSEILLES, FRANCE
Villa Méditerranée is a construction that combines the characteristics of civic architecture with those of harbour infrastructure and off-shore platforms. Its spaces, traversed by a mixed structure of reinforced concrete and steel, are articulated in plan via three parallel, superimposed, horizontal levels, two of which are developed above and below the level of the sea—a large, 1,000-square-metre exhibition area set 14 metres above the water, and a 2,500-square-metre space for conferences and theatrical events below.
The heart of the project is the large piazza/dock pool: a covered collective space protected from the sun and wind.
The water piazza is connected to the open sea, allowing currents, fish and boats to enter the architecture. Rather than creating a pool or basin, this marine building provides useful space for mooring and sailing, for games, parties, shows, commerce and even fishing. Villa Méditerranée will be the great cavana of Marseille, a place where the city can welcome the currents of thought and life that cross the Mediterranean.