How Marseille is Innovating the Meaning of "Workspace"

La Tour Marseillaise |© ERX
La Tour Marseillaise |© ERX
Photo of Alex Ledsom
6 November 2017

Marseille is a city on the move and big cities need flagship projects to showcase the kind of places they want to be. La Tour Marseillaise is that project, a skyscraper that is reinventing the meaning of “workspace.”

The building will house the city’s administration

La Tour Marseillaise is Marseille’s second tallest building and is being built for the city’s administrative departments, who will move in next year. It’s a huge project that is intended to redefine Marseille as a city that is at the cutting edge of modernity. The design has incorporated every detail of current thinking on what makes a good workspace.

The architect's impression of the inside | © ERX

The building will use cutting-edge technology

When guests walk into the building, they will have the opportunity to take a virtual tour to find the department and information they need. All the city’s departmental records will be archived onto the Cloud, so the office will be paperless. About half of the desks will be hot-desks, so people can choose where and with whom they work each day, changing their work environment each time.

An outside view of what the tower will look like from the ground | © ERX

The building will be innovatively divided into work sections

There will be a Work Café where people can work in groups and meeting rooms for those needing private office space. People with a need for silence can use noise-reducing headphones. Meetings can also take place on high-backed sofas that can be pulled together to create a little work bubble, where the material omits any outside noise.

The green roof on the Tour Marseillais | © ERX

Good lighting increases energy levels

The quantity and quality of office lighting are really important. If the light gets too weak, people’s bodies begin to slow down, making them feel sluggish. La Tour Marseillaise will have floor to ceiling windows and lighting systems that will always ensure people have enough artificial light to work well.

The building will be red, white, and blue | © ERX

Views of green space and the sea

The building has views over the Mediterranean coast and the city. The skyscraper has a green roof and plants will be incorporated into its design—research shows that people who have access to views and green space will feel much happier in their workspace and more productive than those who don’t.

The building will be operational by Summer 2018…now you just need to get a job there.

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