- Opération Development
- Maitrise d'ouvrage Euroméditerranée
- Maitrise d'oeuvre Ateliers Lion (agent) - Ilex - Ingérop
- Investissement 17.9 million Euros inclusive of VAT (not including car parking)
- Financeur Euroméditerranée
- Surface 50000 m²
- Livraison 2013
J4 and docks esplanade
Under the fort Saint-Jean, at the entrance to the Vieux Portis the J4 esplanade. This former public coastal area (Domaine Public Maritime - DPM) for a long time occupied by port activities (especially the J4 hangar) and surrounded by emblematic buildings such as the Fort St Jean, the Palais du Pharo and Major cathedral, is one of the town’s prettiest sites.
Further to demolition of the hangar, a temporary development was set up to anticipate reconversion of the site, pending the construction of the MuCEM and la Villa Méditerranée, and to re-establish access to the sea at this point of the Marseilles Northern coastline. During the transition period, the site was therefore both a public space for use by the people of Marseilles, and a site for hosting major events.
In 2009, the major project in the J4 area began with the MuCEM, la Villa Méditerranée and underground car park site. Then the docks were dug out and the esplanade developed in 2012.
The J4 redevelopment is now complete, with the fort Saint-Jean once again under water thanks to the docks, which separate the MuCEM and its neighbour, la Villa de la Méditerranée, from fort Saint-Jean. Marseille-Provence 2013 began with brand new national museum and a new generation, 20,000 m² esplanade, which was a great success from the outset.