[PDF] press conference – 25/04/2013

A TRULY URBAN PROJECT Not only was the overall architecture preserved, but the Hôtel-Dieu’s close links with the city were also conserved. To do this, the rue de la Roquette, which had been eliminated by the construction of the APHP was once again opened, connecting the Place Daviel to the rue des Belles Ecuelles, allowing easier access to the “Panier”area. These urban advances were then connected to the hotel by means of a large staircase that arrives at the foot of the hotel terrace. Housing units have been constructed along the rue de la Roquette and the rue des Belles Ecuelles. These are characteristic of the the style and tradition of the “Panier and with their colour and texture serve to connect, perfectly, this old historic part of Marseille to its newly renovated neighbour. The InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu has proved to be a gigantic undertaking of multiple aspects, created and completed by the creative, the curious and the ambitious in order to transform this site that soars happily between the city’s history and its future.

TANGRAM ARCHITECTES Founded in Marseille in 2009, Tangram Architects is comprised of some 70 staff of 11 different nationalities, managed by Christopher Green and Emmanuel Dujardin. Tangram takes its name from a geometrical game with 7 shapes that can be combined to form a square or an infinite number of figures. Sense can only be found in the assembly and the complementarity… The seven Tangram shapes correspond to the seven Trades to be found within the firm: architects, town planners, landscape artist interior designers, artworkers, quantity surveyors and engineers. The firm has a large part in the metamorphosis of Marseille, with their work on the pedestrian areas of the Vieux-Port and numerous restoration projects; the renovation of the Palais de Justice Monthyon, the conversion of l’îlot Feuillants on the Canebière to a 4 star hotel and last but not least the 5-star InterContinental Marseille Hôtel-Dieu. The firm’s architectural production comes from a pluridisciplinary, international association with multiple architectural references in France and Asia in various fields including hotels. The firm is currently working on developing numerous hotels in Marseille; the Campanile and Golden Tulip hotels in the Parc Chanot, the Toyoko-Inn in the Euroméditerranée quarter and elsewhere in France: the 5 star hotel at Château Lacoste, the 4 star Relais de la Marquise in the former St Dalmas de Tende railway station or yet again the 4 star hotelin DaNang in Vietnam.

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