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Marret & Fernandez Architectes : Un centre dentaire à Marseille

On a stripped and narrow ground of the harbor area of ​​Marseilles (13) rises a small vertical building in rough concrete which hides a surprising program. The French agency Marret & Fernandez Architects has achieved the feat of taking advantage of a plot at first sight unbuildable. A discreet realization while verticality rather unexpected in the surrounding port context.

Narrow terrain, a floor area of ​​40 square meters, an underground river, an accumulation of unusable embankments ... Rare are the architects who would accept the challenge of building on such a plot! Fortunately, this is not the case for Marret & Fernandez who managed to make the most of a site with no apparent potential, with obvious constraints. The agency has indeed joined forces to build a building as aesthetic as functional today 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.

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

Photographs: Lisa Ricciotti

Léa Pagnier

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