The redevelopment of the Docks in Marseille by the architectural studio 5+1AA with Alfonso Femia and Gianluca Peluffo, is nothing short of amazing!
This project started in 2013 and was completed in 2015. It involved the redesign of the Docks and historic buildings in the heart of the business district of Marseille.
The design of the studio, focused on redesigning the ground floor and basement levels of the Docks, creating a structure distinguished by an open and articulated system that extends to the sea.
An important fact for them, was the desire to intervene considering the needs of the city of Marseille and its relationship with the Docks, the city, the sea and the people.
Within the project, four inner courtyards were re-designed to accommodate the presence of commercial areas, cultural areas, and open spaces that extend from inside the building to the two outer squares and adjacent streets.
The Port, the Village and the Market are three themes that have inspired and characterized the creation of this new space.
What I find extremely interesting about this project, is the aesthetics, which combine perfectly with the concept that Studio 5 +1 AA wanted to follow and communicate – this I love.
I like how these courtyards were spectacularly renovated, by combining their amazing height with the aesthetics of the external façade of the main building.