April 30, 2012
1 Norman Foster Marseille port
2 Norman Foster Marseille port
Lord Norman Foster is one of the world’s most pioneering, accredited and celebrated architects.
In 2013, the city of Marseille on France’s exquisite Cote d’Azur will become the European Capital of Culture and it has been announced that the British architect Norman Foster will be renovating Marseille’s port ahead of the city’s 2013 accolade.
From designing Monaco’s ultra-glamorous yacht club, to designing the World Port Centre in Rotterdam maritime architecture, Norman Foster is no stranger to maritime architecture.
But how exactly will the legendary British architecture transform Marseille’s 2,600 year old port?
Working in collaboration with the French landscape designer Michel Designer and Emmanuel Dujardin, reports are emerging that the three architectural geniuses plan to make Marseille’s port more accessible to tourists and residents by pedestrianizing several of the lanes that run along the waterfront where a new sandstone promenade will frame the shore.
Talking about the project in a press statement, Lord Foster said:
“I know the port….I want to make it better.”