The new building, also known as the "Heart", will connect two existing terminal buildings, the original 1960s building designed by architect Fernand Pouillon and a later extension built in 1992 by Richard Rogers.
This 22 m high, glazed hall with a surface area of 20,000 m2 will combine arrivals and departures in a single building, creating an intuitive experience for passengers. At the same time, the new building will centralise numerous processes, such as security checks.
The hall reflects the design elements of the original Fernand Pouillon building. It will feature an inverted light cone with a continuous grid of glass skylights which, clad in stainless steel, will act as a giant lantern, bringing natural light and air deep into the building. Large indoor trees will help create a relaxing environment.
Grant Brooker, studio manager of Foster + Partners, about the goals of the project: "Marseille Airport has grown rapidly over the last 60 years. Our goal is to design a spacious pavilion that connects all parts of the existing buildings, simplifies the flow of people between them and creates a new, inviting gateway to the region around Marseille. The new terminal has a panoramic terrace overlooking the airport and the surrounding countryside and is fully lit from above to capture the bright sunlight of Provence and pay homage to the bold architectural spirit of the original Pouillon building.
The first phase of the project is the "Coeur" or "Heart", which is due to open in 2023. The second phase is a new 13,500 m2 landing stage for aircraft, which is due to open around 2027.