Designed by Jean Nouvel and located on the Quais d’Arenc, La Marseillaise is part of the urban renewal project, Euroméditerranée.
This 135m-high office tower is an architectural and technical prowess but also a lasting economic and social project. La Marseillaise will host 35 000 m2 of offices, giving the city a professional real estate tool, essential to an international metropolis.
Its facades are light, and being ‘sky blue’, ‘the white of the odd cloud’, or ‘the ochre and brick-red of the rooves and surrounding walls’, reference the landscape of the city of Marseille. ‘Seen from the outside, the tower aims to stamp its lines on the Marseille sky, and to blur transparent surfaces and reflections and inhabit this piece of the sky, criss-crossed with a few pale shadows and different shades of pearly light, with trees and characters whose existence we’re never quite sure about, since they happen to be in the sky."
Jean Nouvel is an architect of international reputation. He realizes buldings worldwide, like the Qatar National Museum in Doha. Among many prizes and rewards, he receveid the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 2008.