Claude Parent

Hôtel de Région, Marseille, 1987-1991

The competition for the second phase of the Hôtel de Région, a major project (total surface area of 26 510 m²) located at the entrance to Marseille, followed the first works, designed by the architect Jean-Michel Battesti, which had been completed in 1987. Claude Parent formed a partnership with local architects Christian Biaggi and Bruno Maurin for the project. Parent’s task was to find a way to insert these new buildings, symbols of the regional authority, into the urban landscape and to enhance the identity of the new monumental ensemble. The neighborhood had been neglected for several years but benefited from an excellent view over the Porte d'Aix. The Hôtel de Région was intended as one of the key elements in the renovation of the entrance to France’s second largest city. The complex comprises several buildings, on a terrain where ancient architecture (fragment of the superstructure of the Roman aqueduct) stands facing modern constructions; the key element of the project is the place given to the Aqueduct that leads north toward the Comité Économique et Social (economic and social committee, or CES) and to the east toward the Atrium (or the Building of Elected Officials). On the southern end of the esplanade stands the Présentines building (preexisting) behind which are the main courtyard and the chamber of the authority, whose roof is comprised of an open-air amphitheater. To the west, a long rectangular building houses offices. The project’s aim was to unify this complex, multipurpose ensemble while endowing each building with a specific character. For the façade of the Bâtiment des Élus, following the example of what he had already experimented with for the SEPTEN (Lyon-Villeurbanne, 1982-1984), Parent focused on creating a fault line in the framework. Likewise, inside, the architect privileged the great central atrium with its glass roof. The circulation between the various offices is via ramps with a 5% incline, three staggered levels making it possible to pass from one level to the next without a single step on a staircase. Unity is mainly achieved through the selected materials (prefabricated, beige-colored and polished concrete panels) which are well matched with the stone utilized in the first phase of the project.

Audrey Jeanroy

Hôtel de Région, Marseille

Plan rez-de-chaussée, éch: 1:100

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Encre, crayon graphite, crayon de couleur et feutre sur calque

50 x 65 x

1988

999 057 006

Perpective depuis porte d'Aix
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42.8 x 64.5
1988
999 057 011

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50 x 64.7
1987
999 057 005

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Encre et crayon graphite sur calque
51 x 67.2
1987
999 057 012

Grille et sas
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42 x 29.5
1988
008 13 06

Grille
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29.5 x 42
1988
008 13 07

Marseille, sas
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29.6 x 42
1988
008 13 08

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29.5 x 41.9
1988
008 13 09

Grille Marseille
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29.7 x 21
1988
008 13 10

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50 x 65
1988
999 057 001

Coupe transversale, éch: 1:100
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50 x 64.7
1988
999 057 002

Plan rez-de-chaussée, éch: 1:100
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Encre, crayon graphite, crayon de couleur et feutre sur calque
50 x 65
1988
999 057 006

Parkings, éch: 1:100
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50 x 64.9
1988
999 057 007

Plan rotonde, éch: 1:100
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50 x 64.9
1988
999 057 008

Elévation nord, éch: 1:100
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50 x 64.9
1988
999 057 009

Elévation nord, éch: 1:100
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50 x 64.9
1988
999 057 010

Développé
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50 x 64.8
1988
999 057 013

"Pylône", création de luminaire
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47.5 x 110
1989
008 13 05

Plafond salle de délibération, "Pylone" lampadaire, création Claude Parent.
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Crayon de couleur sur papier
50.7 x 30.3
1991
008 13 01

"Pylône" lampadaire, Création Claude Parent
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Encre sur papier
50.7 x 30.3
1991
008 13 02

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Encre sur calque
41.8 x 29.5
1991
008 13 03

Dessin
Encre sur calque
41.8 x 29.5
1991
008 13 04

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Crayon de couleur sur calque
50 x 64.7
s. d.
999 057 003

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Crayon de couleur et feutre sur calque
50 x 64.7
s. d.
999 057 004

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