The French Beauty That is Jean Nouvel?s La Marseillaise - architecture and design

The French Beauty That is Jean Nouvel?s La Marseillaise



Jean Nouvel?s new tower in Marseille is conspicuously unique and purposely a part of its context, spanning 31 stories (443 feet) worth of offices, restaurant space, and daycare facilities. While every project is technically unique because of things like site constraints, architectural preferences, and building codes, finished designs still end up looking bland far too often. The same materials and colors continue to feature in building after building, city after city. With La Marseillaise, Nouvel set out to craft an inspired aesthetic that clearly related to the region around it.

?Towers, all the world over, look too alike,? he opines on his firm?s website. ?Often they appear interchangeable and could be anywhere. Too rarely do they add character to their cities. They are tall but anonymous.? La Marseillaise, which opened in October of 2018, is a work of unfinished modernism. It’s as if Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusierstarted collaborating on a project but abandoned the job near the end because of creative differences. The result is still beautiful, of course, and Nouvel?s desire to leave things seemingly undone is the secret to that beauty. He explains: ?She may be concrete, but the concrete is disarmored ? light concrete, fiber concrete ? light as an unfinished architectural drawing.”
The faade is also painted red in keeping with the color of the typical Marseille rooftop, white for the color of the local rocks, and blue for the color of the sky. Despit...
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