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Marseille Port France Architecture

Marseille Enjoys A Rebirth of the Historic Grand Port

The historic Grand Port of Marseille was founded more than 2,500 years ago. It has a rich history of vigorous independence asserted against central authority in a variety of forms. It retained its status as a free city even after falling to Julius Caesar’s troops in the 1st century BC.

Marseille has commissioned a bold project to renew the rich history of the Grand Port; the new project is dubbed J1 La Passerelle and is a 29,106 square foot mixed-use structure just minutes away from Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée (MUCEM).

The new mixed-use structure will be located minutes away from the iconic Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée (MUCEM). It will offer multiple restaurants and retail outlets, as well as a 130-room hotel, rounding out the property’s leisure offerings, along with extensive recreational amenities, including a floating pool, climbing wall, sports room, public promenade, spa, and water park. The Grand Port of Marseille currently enjoys over 2 million visitors a year from cruise ship traffic and is the busiest terminal in France. Marseille enjoys a millennia-old legacy as an epicenter of travel and commerce in the region. The new project would significantly enhance the attraction of the Grand Port and would evoke the memories of the adventurous voyages of the past.

“Marseille would finally get to know a new life worthy of its past.”

Jean-Claude Gaudin, Mayor of Marseille

The French architecture firm Reichen and Robert (RR&A) have been selected to spearhead the $113.4 million dollar project, with groundbreaking scheduled for the year 2021. It is time to set sail!

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting