Frédéric Mitterrand announces the winners of the consultation for the landscaping of Fort Saint-Jean in Marseille: the young agency APS, Jean-Louis Knidel, Gilles Ottou, Hubert Guichard, Lénaïg Tanguy, Jérôme Le Lay and Jeanne Souvent.
The future Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations, designed by Rudy Ricciotti, follows in the footsteps of Fort Saint-Jean, a listed historic monument on the edge of the Old Port.
With a view to the inauguration of MuCem in 2013, the highlight of Marseille-Provence-European Capital of Culture, Frédéric Mitterrand proposed to the Mayor of Marseille, Jean-Claude Gaudin, that the Fort be opened to the public for the first time until today.
The Ministry of Culture and Communication has launched a competition for this landscaping. The jury meeting on 17 December 2010 selected the project of the APS agency, a team of landscapers, urban planners and architects from Valencia.
Combining the invitation to discover the Fort and the presentation of the architectural, archaeological and natural heritage of the site, the selected project is part of a sustainable development and eco-responsibility approach. This new landscaped promenade will allow all Marseillais and MuCEM visitors to enjoy a 15,000 m² Mediterranean garden, with free access, a place of culture and stroll in the heart of a redesigned neighbourhood.
Fort Saint-Jean and MuCEM will thus echo; in the Fort, an innovative presentation of the collections of arts and folk traditions of France and Europe will invite the onlookers to continue their visit to discover the Mediterranean of yesterday and today in the Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean.
Frédéric Mitterrand welcomes his partnership with the city of Marseille in the conduct of this major project whose first public spaces will be opened in 2012.