Institute for Neurobiology, Marseille designed by Studio Snohetta
The project is a new insitut of neurobiologie for the Mediterranean, concentrated in brain research of 5000 square meters established in Marseille, near the Mediterranean. The site is situated close up to the creek near Cassis and the ocean, and in the same time conected to an existing university campus, Luminy. 50 Architect offices submitted their interrest to the competition. 4 Offices were qualified, among them Snøhetta in colaboration with french architect and consultants. An unanimous jury chose Snøhetta's proposal as the winner.The landscape and the campus quadrature is reflected in the project as clear defined elements. These creats a whole, well integrated in the sloping site. Its orientation creats a coherence to the tuff clima of the region. To preservate the existing grove and to integrate the project in the landscape, the site is clearly cut out and the stonequality kept as the wall and the ground of the site. The regional stone will be inserted in the project. The landscape is reflected in the project by an element integrated in the site oriented in direction of the magnificent mountain, "le Puget". The element becomes a stair and a passage through the project and up to the mountain. In this element is located all the common functions and is wrapped around a patio. An other element is "lifted" up and oriented with the quadrature of the campus, the man made structure. All the reasearch are located here, with laboratories facing north and offices facing south with a wood screan creating sun protecion. The outside of the buidling consist of regional stone, colored plaster in earth color and glassfasades. Around the patio in the center ,and the hart the hart of the project, strong "african" colors are implemented on different walls as a contrast to the natural colors. The use of materials, a patio with a fountain , colors and flowers creates, with its design, a relation between local culture/history and modern design.