• 01. Vieux Port

  • 02. Nouveau Port, existing spatial barriers

  • 03. Nouveau Port, existing situation and masterplan

  • 04. Masterplan, axonometric

  • 05. Masterplan, model

  • 06. Masterplan, illustration Esplanade du J4

  • 07. Masterplan, illustration Digue du Large

  • 08. Masterplan, illustration Esplanade de la Major

  • 09. Masterplan, illustration Chemin Residentielle

  • 10. Masterplan, illustration water square Hangar J1

  • 11. Proposal Stan de Bie, situation

  • 12. Proposal Stan de Bie, analysis of Pouillon

  • 13. Proposal Stan de Bie, principles of waterfront architecture

  • 14. Proposal Stan de Bie, elevations and section

  • 15. Proposal Stan de Bie, typical floor plan

  • 16. Proposal Rob Abeling, situation

  • 17. Proposal Rob Abeling, analysis of 3F

  • 18. Proposal Rob Abeling, elevations

  • 19. Proposal Rob Abeling, elevation and section

  • 20. Proposal Rob Abeling, typical floor plan

Marseille Harborfront

The city of Marseille is one of the most important port cities at the Mediterranean Sea. Similar to other port cities, Marseille’s relation between city and port has changed drastically over time. The increasingly industrial and infrastructural character has made the port to become completely disconnected from the city and has disrupted the relation between city and sea.

This thesis argues that the state-of-the-art approach to waterfront transformations (as for example seen in Barcelona) is paradoxical and leads to generic waterfronts that lack spatial quality. Therefore, an alternative approach is chosen, leading to a masterplan to transform Marseille’s Nouveau Port into an urban waterfront. The masterplan provides an example of an alternative approach to waterfront transformations that engages a qualitative relation with a key value of the city: the Mediterranean Sea.