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.

 

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."