Marseille: a tower for a new district

The new Euroméditerranée district is the symbol of the urban metamorphosis of Marseille. Among the construction programs under way, Lafarge is contributing to the CMA-CGM tower designed by architect Zaha Hadid, aiming at bringing inhabitants closer to the former docks district, now abandoned.

04.15.2013
 

Combining offices, cultural facilities and housing, the new Euroméditerranée district is a showcase for the regeneration of Marseille, which is the second largest city in France with 1.5 million inhabitants.

CMA-CGM: a link between the city and the sea

The architect Zaha Hadid designed the new headquarters of the maritime transport company, CMA-CGM. The 145-meter tower actually consists of two separate buildings joined together by a double-glazed curtain wall. We were able to deliver the self-placing concrete needed to construct the tower's 1,200 pillars thanks to a mobile ready-mix plant we installed on the construction site.

"We have worked hard to create a project whose ‘vertical' dynamic reflects the ‘horizontal' energy given off by the street and the city [...]," explains Hadid. "The situation of the tower, close to the port and to one of the major motorways that serve the city, gave us a unique opportunity to create a landmark which will form a link between the city and the sea."