Marseille: The new MuCEM designed by Rudy Ricciotti

Awaiting the the official opening in June, the museum hosts the inauguration of Marseille-Provence 2013

by Malcolm Clark
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The new MuCEM, Museum of Civilization in Europe and the Mediterranean, in Marseille, near the old port, designed by Rudy Ricciotti, is now nearing completion.

Dedicated to the theme of the 'Mediterranean', the building, occupying an area of about 40,000 square meters, was designed as a multi-purpose container for cultural initiatives, exhibitions, theatre shows, musical performances and film screenings.

Ricciotti has designed a parallelepiped located on the pier J4, connected to the nearby 15th century fortress of Saint Jean by a suspended walkway that runs around the building. The building will be open to the public next June, in the meantime, the museum has recently welcomed French president François Hollande, for the official inauguration of the Year dedicated to Marseille Capital of Culture 2013. The MuCEM remained open to visitors yesterday 13th January from 11.00 am to 7.00 pm and 15,000 people turned up to get a preview of the museum which will open later this year.

In terms of population Marseille is the second largest city in France, after Paris, with the most important port in the country. In particular, this year the city is a prestigious enclave and crossroads of cultural exchange.

Marseille Docks requalification

Architecture lovers, besides admiring Ricciotti's new construction, can visit numerous works of great interest, from Le Corbusier's Cité Radieuse, to the requalification of the Marseille Docks by 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo, the New CGM CMA TOWER by Zaha Hadid and Studio Fuksas' Euromed Center.

Euromed Center (above)

CGM CMA tower (below)

    MuCEM 150


    Marsiglia / France / 2012

    Les Docks 176

    Les Docks

    Marsiglia / France / 2015

    Euromed Center 18

    Euromed Center

    Marseille / France / 2009