View on the harbour of Marseille, overlooking the new museums and the old town Panier on blue sky.
CaP.CULT invites to discover the city of Marseille, the Provence region as well as the European Capitals of Culture. We offer diversified tours with the focus on city planning, contemporary architecture and the exchange with local professionals, architectes and city planners.

MARSEILLE, PROVENCE - Modern & contemporary architecture on the shore of the Mediterranean

Marseille, the multicultural mediterranean city has to catch up. As a soft measure of the European Capital of Culture project in 2013, the traffic around the harbour and within the former industrial area was reduced, new cultural buildings popped up along the waterfront. The major buiding site of "Euroméditerranée" focuses on the revitalisation of former industrial premises and inner city districts into contemporary urban space. Redevelopment goes along with southern european chaos with all its virtues and problems and is part of the national metropolitan initiative Marseille-Provence.

The development is the result of an eventful history - after the second World War - where the city was used as an experimentation platform. Marseille is famous for the first realisation of a Cité Radieuse by Le Corbusier and is still a flagrant example for the originality of construction in the 20th century in an overwhelming setting.

Besides all contemporary movement one has to contrast with the local architect Fernand Pouillon who contrasts the object of Le Corbusier to his idea of context in the city. Pouillon is the architect who improved the quality of living and changed the appearance of the old harbour of Marseille, closely linked to the historical old town, nevertheless regarding modern principles. Nowadays, Pouillon attracts international furore thanks to his revolutionary sustainability and the construction with local stone.


Contemporary and historical architecture
City planning and urban development
Transportation planning
(Contemporary) History
Socio-cultural context
Interior visits, construction sites etc.


Individual city walks and excursions
Programme organisation for some hours, one or several days
Diversified and profound insights into the city
Personal assistance
Meeting & Discussion with local architects, urban planners and project managers
View of the Mucem museum and the villa méditerranée as well as the cathedral la Major in Marseilel.

MARSEILLE, a city in transformation

Marseille, the multicultural mediterranean city is catching up.

Traffic reduction, new infrastructure and prestigeous projects on the waterfront set Marseille into a new light and emphasize its strategic position.

The MuCEM - museum of european and mediterranean cultures - by the office Rudy Ricciotti attracts the attention by its ingenious urban implementation. Next to it, Stefano Boeri, Kengo Kuma and Jean Nouvel left their architectural mark...

"Euroméditerranée" is the ambitious project refurbishing the former industrial harbour areas and inner city district since 25 years.

Redevelopment goes along with the daily southern european chaos with all its virtues and problems and is part of the national metropolitan initiative Marseille-Provence.

Between Marseille and Alger

The study trip on the tracks of the french architect Fernand Pouillon leads us from Marseille to Alger. Two prototypes of french mass housing are discussed: construction in context by Pouillon versus the construction of the object of Le Corbusier. What defined the conditions of building after the second World War?
We leave Marseille via ship to Alger to combine the discovery of two cities and the interpretation of the Mediterranean as a common cultural space.

Alger, the sister of Marseille, links arabic vernacular architecture and european interventions from the 19th and 20th century. Several cités by Fernand Pouillon are still working as examples of the high quality of public space, overlooking the city of Alger.

The tour is a collaboration with Thomas Meyer-Wieser.

La Tourette is a housing complex of Fernand Pouillon, overlooking an interior court and a tower on the end of the court.
A rainbow colored art installation of Oafur Eliasson in Aarhus, orange in the foreground.

AARHUS - European Capital of Culture 2017

Like other industrial cities on the shores of Europe - Aarhus has discovered the advantages of its geographical situation and banned the operating industry into the peripheral zones of the city. Already looking forward to the European Capital of Culture in 2017, the city developed projects adjacent to the compact historical city center.

Next to the "iceberg", an original housing complex on the shore, you will find several striking examples of quality construction as an upgrade for the ciy.

Of course there is no lack of cultural constructions in Aarhus to attract visitors with installations of international artists like in the AROS arts museum.

Carina Kurta & Pia Leydolt-Fuchs
7, Square Protis
F-13002 Marseille

0033 (0)6 95 77 45 31 // 0033 (0)6 95 77 43 89

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