Major New Openings

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    © Agence Rudy Ricciotti


    © Agence Rudy Ricciotti

Major New Openings

The Silo
The Silo d’Arenc was built in 1926, and served as a place to store and process wheat. This symbol of Marseille’s industrial past has been transformed into a new space where concerts and special events are held and office space made available for technology and cultural organizations.


Opened: January 2013
The J1 will be a key venue in 2013 for bringing together culture and creativity. A new space that will welcome cruise ships and passengers right along the sea, the top floor will host major exhibitions, information centers and activities during the Capital of Culture.

Regional Center of the Mediterranean

Opening: March 2013
A space dedicated to cultural and artistic exchanges between Mediterranean countries, this center will host exhibits, concerts, screenings and an underwater gallery.

Friche La Belle de Mai
Opening: January 2013
Occupying a former tobacco factory, this space will house culture all of sorts, including artist studios, office space for concerts halls, and a skate park. During the year of Marseille-Provence 2013-European capital of culture, the space will showcase the works of 40 internationally renowned artists from the Mediterranean.

Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations
Opening: June 2013
Also known as the MuCEM, this will be the first national museum to be opened outside of Paris. Strategically located between the historic Vieux Port and the new Joliette urban district, the MuCEM was designed by innovative architecture Rudy Ricciotti, and will host its first exhibitions this spring.

Antibes Convention Center

Opening: Early 2013
With an aim to bring more business tourism to the city, this new convention center will boast exhibition areas, meeting rooms, a grand conference hall and a panoramic restaurant.

Diderot's Maison des Lumières

Opening: End of 2013
In honor of the 300th anniversary of Enlightenment philosopher Denis Diderot, a new visitors center will open - the first of its kind in France. Exhibits will his personal objects, manuscripts, films and more to showcase the mindset of Diderot and the Age of Enlightenment.

Paris Philharmonic
Opening: Early 2014
Contemporary architect Jean Nouvel is designing the new Philharmonic in the Parc de la Villette in Paris, located near the Cité de la Musique. The new symphony hall will seat 2,400 people, include a restaurant, multimedia department, library, and rehearsal rooms. The design is unique in that it is not separated into different floors, but each floor will merge into each other.

Renovation: Zoo de Vincennes
Reopening: Spring 2014
Renovations have started in 2011 on this 131 million euro project to transform the zoo at the Bois de Vincennes, just east of Paris. Created in 1931, after these renovations, the zoo will be home to 40 different mammal species, 75 types of birds and 22 kinds of reptiles. With this grand renovation, improved habitats will be created for the animals.

Chauvet Cave Replica
Vallon-Pont d'Arc (Rhone-Alps)
Opening: End of 2014
Discovered in 1994, the Chauvet cave is regarded as the world's oldest cave paintings (36,000 B.C). By the end of 2014, a facsimili of the cave and a discovery center where visitors can admire more than 425 paintings and engravings of prehistoric animals will be open to the public.

La Cité des Civilisations du Vin
Bordeaux (Aquitaine)
Opening: 2015
Originally coined the "Cultural Center of Bordeaux Wine," this wine-focused hub is now going by a new name. An innovative multicultural center, the space will bring new life to the world of wine through acting as a museum, cultural and tourist center, tasting space, restaurant, wine bar, and cinema. The exhibits will feature interactive displays, 3D projections, holograms, and sensory experiences in order to showcase ancient and modern winemaking techniques.

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