Euroméditerranée II

Marseille (13)

Urban, ongoing

The metropolis time

In Marseille, history and geography are closely interrelated. Public utility networks were built according to the topography. Grades and terrain relief were used in a smart way in order to built the ordinary and the extraordinary. The coastline has been partly preserved in its original shape or managed in order to enable its port functions. The Euromed II Site is the archetype of a composition consisting in topography, active coastline, extensive networks and buildings inserted in these great territorial routes.


The fact that utility networks are everywhere on the site may be perceived as the inconvenience of a crossed and lacerated district, reduced to the status of service area for the benefit of more upscale neighborhoods. But in a time when the city is being exposed to so many investigations under various parameters, the picture is dramatically changing in terms of perception. The railroad lands are now the guardians of the urban logistics efficiency, freed from the ubiquitous road transport, offering new possibilities of transportation services for the large urban center residents.

Plan guide
Plan du parc des Aygalades
Le parc des Aygalades
Le parc des Aygalades
A great submersible park along a forgotten creek

The recognition of the «natural fact», still obvious in the current urban structure of the city, led to a central proposal for the project: a 34.5 acres flood-prone park, located at the heart of the future neighborhood, in place of the Canet sorting tracks. The ambition is to create the 21st century park, proceeding from a complex combination, associating the benefits of modernity (make the area accessible to users, just like the Parc de la Villette in Paris, or the Prado beaches in Marseille : the ground or grass became usable and the gardens enjoyable) with the emergence of an ecological awareness, prompting us to bring nature back into the heart of the city. The principle of eco-restoration is driven by the geography of the premises, initially a small humid valley. The park is a natural receptacle for rain water coming from the North of Marseille, and this random game of waters makes as much for the creation of varied humid ecosystems as for the constantly renewed spectacle of their appearance.

Section on the park
Section on the park
“Tomorrow, we will see a corniche for the northern neighbourhoods and a new park capable of dealing with flooding. It’s very exciting to work on the transformation of a territory, while preserving and improving what”.
Florence Mottes
Project Manager
La possibilité d’une corniche
La transformation progressive de l’A55
La transformation progressive de l’A55
La transformation progressive de l’A55
La possibilité d’une corniche

Regardless of the future of the infrastructures, in particular Highway A55, the Corniche Boulevard could be the place of a new and pivotal link, in the extension of the Paris Street, overlooking the railroad and the port, in connection with the Coastal Boulevard beyond the Pinede Cape. This obvious recovered continuity climaxes on the upper square : a great public space located at the junction of the Pinede Cape, the silos footprint,  and the main block of the Event Hall, offering a breathtaking view on the sea. The cluster of facilities around this space make the Corniche Boulevard the heart of this exceptional and demonstrative part of the city.

Marseille (13)

Maîtrise d'ouvrage
EPA Euroméditerranée - OIN

SHON 2.000.000 m²
15400 logements, 1200000m² Shon logements, 500000 m² de bureaux, 150000m² SHON de commerces et d’activités, 176000 m² d’équipements publics, 14 ha d’espaces verts publics, 28500 emplois, 30000 habitants

Périmetre de l’étude
169 ha délimités par Cap Pinède et les Arnaveaux au nord, le Canet à l’est et la tour CMA-CGM au sud.

lauréat 2009
Études en cours
Durée de l’accord cadre 9 ans

Accord cadre
Élaboration d’un plan guide et actualisation de ce plan. Réalisation des études d’intégration urbaine, Mission de concertation et de communication, Mission de maîtrise d’oeuvre urbaine de la 1re ZAC, Mission de maîtrise d’oeuvre d’espace public sur la 1re ZAC.

Leclercq & Associés
Marciano Architecture
Sbriglio Architectes
Agence TER


Julia Coutou + Marie Taveau (projet director), Belhouari Mohamed (projet manager), Coline Félix, Giuditta Gabriotti , Hélène Soubeyrand. former collaborators: Vincent Josso, Florence Mottes

Éric Lion

Marseille (13)

Project owner
EPA Euroméditerranée - OIN

SHON 2.000.000 m² (net surface area)
15400 housing, 1200000 m² (net surface area) housing, 500000 m² offices, 150000 m² (net surface area) business and services, 176000 m² public facilities, 34.5 acres public green spaces, 28500 jobs, 30000 residents

Scope of study
417.6 acres along the coastline, bordered by the Pinede Cape and the Arnaveaux to the North, by the Canet to the East, and by the CMA-CGM tower to the South.

Prizewinner 2009
Ongoing study
Framework agreement duration: 9 years 

Guiding plan development and updating
Conduct of Urban Integration studies
Missions: Consultation and Communication, Urban Contractor of the 1st development zone, Public space contractor of the 1st development zone.