In the Beginning… There is the Earth
Description of project:
Designed by Stefano Boeri, the Villa Méditerranée has been welcoming visitors since 20 March 2013 on esplanade J4 of La Joliette in Marseille. The original architecture of this structure consists of an inverted L whose foundations are beneath the waters of the Vieux-Port, with a 40 m overhang 19 m above the sea.
The excavations were carried out through the surface rubble and alluviums, protected by a diaphragm wall with tiebacks, embedded in the Stampian marls and conglomerates. The building’s steel structure rests on blocks set on the substrate. The blocks in the outer row, as they are subjected to tensile loading of 350 to 1,900 tonnes, each have 4–6 tie-rods 20–30 m long. The water in the bottom of the excavation is collected by a draining foundation raft. As marls have a reputation for swelling, the lowest level stands over a void.
Missions entrusted to FONDASOL:
Date mission carried out: 2007–2011
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