ARCHITECTURE: Marseille, the 2013 European Capital of Culture

 France’s second largest city is preparing to have its debut to the modern world of art. Architecture is the tool. Astonishment is the target.

Text: Mary Giatra

In order to be well-prepared as a representer of culture, the city of Marseille has already done a spectacular work in the Architecture department. The transformation manifests itself and the cute Provençal hub is turning into a very modern destination. New museums by architects Rudy Ricciotti and Kengo Kuma, along with spaces for special events, add a lot of points to the city’s cultural status. Norman Foster is also one of the great architects that has participated in the city’s revitalizing. All corners of the port city – including the run-down Old Port have been revamped in an excellent way. Have a look at our collection of photos and renderings and meet some of the most important structures that will forever change the face of Marseilles.


Villa Méditerranée by Stefano Boeri


Vieux Port by Norman Foster


Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations by Rudy Ricotta


Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations by Rudy Ricotta


Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain by Kengo Kuma


J1 Cultural center, by Catherine Bonte


J1 Cultural center, by Catherine Bonte