Port View Pavilion05. Mar2013
Port View Pavilion is the latest work from Foster + Partners. Placed right in the heart of the Marseille’s World Heritage-listed harbour, the pavilion is a simple and discrete structure representing a canopy made of highly reflective stainless steel which tapers towards the edges, minimising its profile and reducing the structure’s visual impact.
"Marseille’s Vieux Port is one of the grand Mediterranean ports, but over time the World Heritage-listed site has become inaccessible to pedestrians and has been cut off from the life of the city. The masterplan for its regeneration will reclaim the quaysides as a civic space, creating new informal venues for performances and events and removing traffic to create a safe, semi-pedestrianised public realm. Its transformation is one of a series of projects to be completed in time for the city’s inauguration as European Capital of Culture in 2013." - Foster + Partners