Euroméditerranée has initiated a profound transformation of downtown, which also involves the development of the waterfront. Great names in architecture are contributing to the metamorphosis of the waterfront. The work of these internationally renowned designers is raising the City of Marseille’s international profile and creating a new skyline defined by ambitious, contemporary architecture.

The City of the Mediterranean: Recapturing the coastline

The Cité de la Méditerranée Project represents one of Euroméditerranée’s most ambitious efforts. Located between the Old Port and Arenc, this district covers a 60-hectar area. The project involves reuniting the city with its waterfront, port and sea, and redeveloping the area between the city and the port. It recaptures the coastline, restores beauty to the waterfront, and endows Marseille with public and private cultural, scientific, recreational and service facilities of international scope.

This transformation of the city’s skyline marks the revival of the city and the rediscovery of its economic dynamism... Read more

A waterfront panorama

Created by leading international architects such as Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, Massimiliano Fuksas and Rudy Ricciotti, these structures promote the transformation and attractiveness of the Euroméditerranée hub, while their sustainable designs complement Notre Dame de la Garde and the Cathedral de la Major.Read more

Spaces dedicated to tourism

Created for and by Marseille’s residents, these new amenities will also attract tourists. Tourist numbers in the city increased by 26 percent in just one year — from 2005 to 2006 — while the visitors’ average length of stay increased by 40 percent.

Meanwhile, cruise passengers and convention-goers also have increased in record numbers. Cruise passenger numbers jumped 14-fold between 1996 and 2006, reaching 380,000, and convention attendance increased three-fold between 1995 and 2005, to 250,000.  Read more


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120 million Euros: The cost of demolishing the overpass and building the 1,000-meter replacement tunnel.