The H99 skyscraper, the symbol of the urban metamorphosis of Marseille

April 11, 2013


The urban metamorphosis of Marseille is progressing during a capital year: in 2013, Marseille is the European Capital of Culture. Combining offices, cultural facilities and housing, the new Euroméditerranée district is a showcase for the regeneration of Marseille. And the H99 tower is part of this program!


With its 99,9 meters height, as suggested by its name, this skyscraper was designed by Jean-Baptiste Pietri, a renowned architect, and will be the first residential skyscraper built in France since the 1970s. Consisting of three modules set one upon the other (City View, Sea View and Sky View), it will stand facing the sea and contain 149 apartments, all enjoying the view.

The building will stand like a lighthouse, with its main façade oriented towards the sea. To help meet this architectural challenge, Lafarge Group proposed a high performance concrete for extremely resistant foundations and a cantilevered structure in case of violent winds.


For Jean-Baptiste Pietri, “The strategy that consisted in extending our cities on a one-story or two-story basis has been a disaster,” argues Pietri. “The best solution is density, and one of the models for that is the skyscraper. The towers that we are in the process of constructing will become the facade of the city. People will look on Marseille from the exterior, as they do with New York.”

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