Author: Marie Fruiquiere
Tutor: Thierry Herry
Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture of Strasbourg
The main goal of this project was to understand and to interpret the program of a congress and seminar center. Comprising various multi-purpose spaces as commission rooms, relaxation areas, restaurants and accommodation, the objective was to articulate those elements, from a functional and qualitative point of view, while responding to the site.
The latter is located in Marseille, in the hanse of the Catalans, at the present location of a disused factory near the beach. Urban public space is then restricted, oppressing the passing between cars, scooters and buildings, not allowing us to appreciate the horizon on Frioul Islands.
Thus, the concept and the urban answer was to release free public spaces, not constraining the ambulation and give a real belvedere to see and contemplate landscape. Only few public elements of the program disrupt this fluidity as the entrance with the reception, a bar opened toward the city and the amphitheater able to function independently. The project becomes a porous object, which we can go along but also cross through the courtyard as an extension of the urban space. Like the traditional Mediterranean architecture, the model of the courtyard makes it possible to bring light but also freshness within the building itself. These breakthroughs then permit to create a new connection between the city and the landscape, reinforced by the reflection of the sea on the underside of the project, and which will be pursued inside interior spaces.
Shadows, lights and transparencies accentuated by the biases guide, by the natural slope of the terrain, toward the entrance as a little glass box bearing the whole weight of the project.
In the upper floors there are the formation spaces facing the sea, dotted with relaxation areas, distinct thanks to their respective materiality as well as large covered terraces such as for the restaurant. The housing units are deployed on the north facade both for comfort and organization, thus offering a more urban facade towards the city of Marseille.
The facades are thus marked by the hollows and the solid of the frame, creating again shadows extending in the design of the black and glossy joinery, in contrast with the brutality and roughness of white concrete
Finally, by getting involved in the waterfront, the project not only draws the city but also the sky by its oblique axes on the roof.
“Nos yeux sont faits pour voir les formes sous la lumières ; les ombres et les clairs révèlent les formes.” – Le Corbusier, Vers une architecture
Characters made by Sukanto Debnath – https://www.behance.net/Sukanto_D