The demolition of a highway overpass which separated the Joliette Docks from their maritime façade, plus the construction of a tunnel, made it possible to create a 2.5 km urban boulevard between Fort Saint-Jean and the CMA-CGM tower on the new City Port interface: the « Boulevard du littoral », inaugurated in May 2013 and renamed “Boulevard Euroméditerranée” in 2015. It was named “Best urban regeneration project” at the MIPIM Awards in 2015.
The project was designed by a team comprising Yves Lion, the architect François Kern and landscape architects Ilex. The new boulevard is 45 m wide, with room for pedestrian and cycling paths, will benefit the extensive installations located on this perimeter of the Euroméditerranée operation: the Mucem, Villa Méditerranée, the Regards de Provence Foundation Museum, Terrasses du Port, Quais d’Arenc, etc.
Over the last ten years, the Grand Port Maritime de Marseille and Euroméditerranée have contributed to a sweeping transformation in the waterfront area.
More information: Architecture Urbanisme (2013)