Marret & Fernandez Architectes : Un centre dentaire à Marseille

On a bare and narrow site in the port area of ​​Marseille (13) rises a small vertical building in raw concrete which hides an astonishing program. The French agency Marret & Fernandez Architects has achieved the feat of taking advantage of a plot that at first sight cannot be built. A discreet realization while verticality rather unexpected in the surrounding port context.

A narrow lot, a surface area of ​​40 square meters, an underground river, an accumulation of unusable embankments ... Few architects would accept the challenge of building on such a plot! Fortunately, this is not the case for Marret & Fernandez who have been able to get the best out of a site with no apparent potential, with obvious constraints. The agency has indeed joined forces to build a building that is as aesthetic as it is functional, now housing a dental center.

Here, the gain in space afforded by verticality is a response to the narrowness of the land and the ever increasing densification of the metropolis. Between a residential fabric in the East and a boulevard built in the West, this discreet building with raw materiality contrasts with the urban context in which it is inserted.

However, its sculptural mass and its reinforced concrete envelope, the architectural writing of the building refers as much to the naval world as military, which ultimately allows to integrate into the surrounding port building.

The result of this project is an elegant building with pronounced brutalist accents.

Project title : Dental clinic
City, Country: Marseille (13)
Owner: SCI Tourrolier Brisou
Mastery of work : Marret & Fernandez
Area : 203 m² SDP
Cost of works: 600 000 € HT
Calendar : 2019 delivery

To learn more, visit the site of Marret & Fernandez Architects

Photographs: Lisa Ricciotti


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