MuCEM by Rudy Ricciotti – Musée des Civilisations d’Europe et de Méditerranée
The famous architect Rudy Ricciotti created an incredibly interesting project. For the construction of this square building is used the “pietra dura” technique, that presents cutting the hard stones for decorative impression. He used the Greek temples in Athens and the Ziggurats of Mesopotamia as an inspiration to create this project.
This mineral cube with an area of 15,000 square meters is built from special pre stressed concrete. From distance it looks like an oriental architecture. From the top of the museum can be seen the bridge across the water which leads to the Saint-Jean square, and the second bridge links the building with the Marseille, making an interesting walk tour.
This is the first museum in Europe dedicated to the Mediterranean culture. It is located on the site of the former Marseille port, and its height is 191 meters. The lace decorative concrete dressings scatter the light like a lace veil, and it is the most distinctive element of the museum.
- In this project nothing is purely decorative. It is constructive, just as fish skeleton. I worked on the dematerialisation of the concrete construction, and then I got a spindly coral stone – explains the architect Rudy Ricciotti.
It is believed that this project currently is one of the most scientific in France: imagine thirteen innovative experiments out of the usual norms. The building was built by pre-stressed concrete, that is born in the heart of nuclear power plant, very strong and resistant to radioactive particles. It consists of complex granular system – completely opaque, and it can not corrode by the iodine from the sea.
Visitors can enjoy inside the museum relaxing on chairs if they want to spend some quality time inside.
The mineral cube has got lots of blue lamps outside the walls that give special glow at night. It looks like many floating stars over the water.
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