Marseille is home to a museum that reflects the city itself: perched on the northern shores of the Mediterranean, looking out to the open sea, exposed to winds of change.
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Views, sea, sun, and stone work together in a design which has become federative and cognitive. First, there is the perfect cube, measuring 72 meters from one side to the other—a classic Latin design, overseen by Pythagoras. Inside this cube, there is a second receptacle measuring 52 meters across and including the exhibition and conference halls. This is recognized as the beating heart of the museum.
Surrounded by docks and facing the sea, J4 offers panoramic views of Fort Saint-Jean and the Mediterranean, which are visible from the glazed exhibition halls, the roof terrace, and the external walkways that encircle the building. It is connected to Fort Saint-Jean by a 115-meter-long aerial footbridge.
The fort is linked to the new J4 by a 115 m-long footbridge, whilst a second footbridge, which is 70 m long, has been built between the port and forecourt of Saint-Laurent church in the Panier district. This ensures a continuity between the oldest part of the city and the new cultural facilities concentrated along the coastal road.
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Since the year 2000, these collections, which were inherited from the National Museum of Popular Arts and the Museum of Mankind, Paris, (with a store containing more than 30,000 objects) have been enriched with objects originating in the Mediterranean area, from Neolithic artifacts to modern art. They are stored according to preventative conservation standards in this building, which has been designed specifically to ensure their safety and conservation.
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