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Foster unveils reflective events pavilion in Marseille

Foster + Partners’ Vieux Port pavilion was officially opened by the Mayor of Marseille earlier this week

The sheltered events space, which forms part of Michel Desvigne’s and Foster + Partners’ masterplan for the regeneration of Marseille’s World Heritage-listed harbour, stands on the Quai de la Fraternité at the eastern edge of the port.

Built to commemorate the city’s year as European Capital of Culture, the 46m-long mirrored canopy is open on allsides and supported on slender pillars.

Speaking about the project Norman Foster said: ‘I know the harbour at Marseille well and it is a truly grand space. This project is a great opportunity to enhance it using very simple means, to improve it with a large pavilion for events, for markets, for special occasions. Our approach has been to work with the climate, to create shade, but at the same time to respect the space of the harbour - just making it better.’

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Vieux Port pavilion by Foster + Partners. Photography by Nigel Young

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