CMA CGM Headquarters in Marseille, France by Zaha Hadid Architects:

The disparate volumes of the tower are generated from a number of gradual centripetal vectors that emerge from within the solid ground surface, gently converging towards each other and then bending apart, towards its ultimate coordinate. The tower’s structural columns define, and are enclosed within, a double façade system that reflects these centripetal vectors, generating a dynamic symbiosis between the fixed structural core of the Head Office and its peripheral array of columns.

The key design challenge was the integration of the building environment and the creation of a totally unique, iconic edifice.

Flowing past the Mirabeau site on both sides is an elevated motorway viaduct that bifurcates at the western edge of the new tower’s location. At ground level, a major new interchange allows pedestrians to access new public transport facilities, whilst the quay and its waterways are also adjacent to our site.

Directly at the confluence of this dynamic urban movement, the new tower accentuates its verticality and creates a signature feature that sets a commanding new presence.

The unique design strategy of the new CMA CGM Headquarters divides the overall volume into smaller fragments and reassembles them in a way that maintains the integral uniformity of the tower but with design elements that optimise its relationship with the city of Marseille.

Detailed exploration and research has created the possibility of a more elegant fluid, sculptural form. The building maintains regularity in the upper levels whilst the lower portion ‘morphs’ from the vertical to the horizontal to relate to the extreme horizontal energy of pedestrian, automobile, tram and shipping movements at ground level.

The curving profiles on the exterior façades work with the central core of the building, bringing a rigid frame and a sense of movement to this completely new typology of tower.

© Hufton + Crow 01 © Hufton + Crow 02 © Hufton + Crow 07 © Hufton + Crow 08 © Hufton + Crow 11 © Hufton + Crow 13 © Hufton + Crow 15 © Hufton + Crow 16 © Hufton + Crow 18


Warning: Use of undefined constant count - assumed 'count' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in /nfs/c04/h03/mnt/164555/domains/thesuperslice.com/html/wp-content/plugins/facebook-comments-plugin/class-frontend.php on line 103

Warning: Use of undefined constant countstyle - assumed 'countstyle' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in /nfs/c04/h03/mnt/164555/domains/thesuperslice.com/html/wp-content/plugins/facebook-comments-plugin/class-frontend.php on line 104

Warning: Use of undefined constant countmsg - assumed 'countmsg' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in /nfs/c04/h03/mnt/164555/domains/thesuperslice.com/html/wp-content/plugins/facebook-comments-plugin/class-frontend.php on line 109

Warning: Use of undefined constant title - assumed 'title' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in /nfs/c04/h03/mnt/164555/domains/thesuperslice.com/html/wp-content/plugins/facebook-comments-plugin/class-frontend.php on line 111

Warning: Use of undefined constant titleclass - assumed 'titleclass' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in /nfs/c04/h03/mnt/164555/domains/thesuperslice.com/html/wp-content/plugins/facebook-comments-plugin/class-frontend.php on line 112

Warning: Use of undefined constant title - assumed 'title' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in /nfs/c04/h03/mnt/164555/domains/thesuperslice.com/html/wp-content/plugins/facebook-comments-plugin/class-frontend.php on line 117

Warning: Use of undefined constant html5 - assumed 'html5' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in /nfs/c04/h03/mnt/164555/domains/thesuperslice.com/html/wp-content/plugins/facebook-comments-plugin/class-frontend.php on line 121

Warning: Use of undefined constant num - assumed 'num' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in /nfs/c04/h03/mnt/164555/domains/thesuperslice.com/html/wp-content/plugins/facebook-comments-plugin/class-frontend.php on line 122

Warning: Use of undefined constant width - assumed 'width' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in /nfs/c04/h03/mnt/164555/domains/thesuperslice.com/html/wp-content/plugins/facebook-comments-plugin/class-frontend.php on line 122

Warning: Use of undefined constant scheme - assumed 'scheme' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in /nfs/c04/h03/mnt/164555/domains/thesuperslice.com/html/wp-content/plugins/facebook-comments-plugin/class-frontend.php on line 122

Warning: Use of undefined constant linklove - assumed 'linklove' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in /nfs/c04/h03/mnt/164555/domains/thesuperslice.com/html/wp-content/plugins/facebook-comments-plugin/class-frontend.php on line 128

Comments

comments