The Marseilles Docks

The Marseilles Docks

Shops, Shopping Centres and Art Galleries
977 Quai du Port, 13002 Marseille, France - Build completed in 2015
Luc Boegly

Marseilles Docks

Casalgrande Padana as Manufacturers

Ceramics play a starring role in two differing applications in the award-winning redevelopment of Marseille Docks - a large port storage complex that straddles the boundary between architectural work and art installation.


Floor and wall ceramics from Casalgrande Padana are fragmented and expertly recomposed according to a precise layout, while we also see the juxtaposition of made-to-measure ceramic elements which are then fixed to a metal substructure.


An expression of “technological symbiosis”, the cladding covers the facades of the internal courtyards without destroying them, creating a high-impact visual effect while keeping the original structure intact. 


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The Marseilles Docks as a place of reflection and meeting between territory and city, past and future, users and inhabitants of the place. The Marseilles Docks as a place of architecture which is an answer to a specific context: an intervention on sensitivity and place specificity, Marseilles in relation to the Docks, the city and the sea. An intervention on the Docks ground level to create an opened system connected to penetration, transparencies and new relations extending to the sea. An intervention on people flow to give different intensities to the place. We have been particularly attentive to how things are perceived, visual apertures, pathways and other features: light to create original atmospheres, the sun and wind as architectural/energy devices. Reveal the beauty of a place so that it can be shared.


The architectural and technological quality, paired with the scale and importance of the works presented by the 5+1AA studio, are testament to the depth of the collaboration launched by the designers and company to devise and develop innovative solutions packed with content. This journey of research and experimentation starts from the consolidated relationship between the quantity and quality of industrialised ceramic production, introducing creative, innovative morphological elements and laying techniques, which help to activate a process which substantially elevates the objectives of the project and the product. The panel would like to place particular emphasis on the sophisticated reclamation and functional renovation project of the Marseille Docks, a large port storage complex that straddles the boundary between architectural work and art installation, where ceramics occupy a starring role via two differing applications. The ceramics are fragmented and expertly recomposed according to a precise layout, while we also see the juxtaposition of made-to-measure ceramic elements which are then fixed to a metal substructure. An expression of “technological symbiosis”, the cladding covers the facades of the internal courtyards without destroying them, creating a high-impact visual effect while keeping the original structure intact.


AUTHORS 5+1AA - Alfonso Femia, Gianluca Peluffo

Redevelopment of the Marseilles Docks

Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia as Architects

Reveal the beauty of a place so that it can be shared. The redevelopment of Marseilles Docks will re-establish bonds between the site and city, users and local inhabitants. The architecture is a carefully targeted response to a very specific setting: the project weaves relations between the Docks, city and seaside; the site of the old structure will become an open system extending to the sea through penetrations, transparencies and new relations; the arrangement of the internal courtyards is designed in relation to the various flows and their intensity with respect to the various locations.


Location: Marseilles, France Year: 2009-2015 Surface: 21,1193 sqm Client: J.P. Morgan Asset Management Appointed contracting authority: Constructa Urban Systems Architects: 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo Notes: international limited competition, winning design Awards: Best Shopping Center - MIPIM Awards 2016 Winning project, category “Commercial - Hospitality” - LA CERAMICA E IL PROGETTO 2016 Winning project, category "façade coverings and external flooring" - GRAND PRIX” CASALGRANDE PADANA - International Award 1st Prize, category “Renovation” at The Plan International Awards

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