The masterplan for the regeneration of Vieux Port in Marseille, France has been unveiled at MIPIM held in Cannes, France.
The project will be executed by Michel Desvigne and Foster + Partners. Work has already begun on the project which will involve reusing the quaysides as a civic area, and creation of new informal spaces dedicated for performances and events. There will also be creation of a semi-pedestrianised public realm as part of the project.
The technical installations and boat houses on the quays will be substituted with new platforms and clubhouses over the water. The harbour’s landscaping will be adorned in granite donning pale shade which replicates the tone of the original limestone cobbles. The materials used in the redevelopment are hard-wearing and possess a rough texture. The area will also enhance accessibility by phasing out kerbs and changes in level. Removable cast iron bollards will be incorporated to enhance flexibility.
The Quai des Belges at the eastern edge of the harbour will feature a blade of reflective stainless steel housing a flexible new events pavilion. The pavilion will be open on all sides. Its canopy, measuring 46 by 22 metres, will possess a polished and mirrored surface while being tapered towards the edges. The canopy will be supported by slender pillars. The project is expected to be finished in time for the city’s inauguration as European Capital of Culture in 2013.