GALERIES LAFAYETTE, MARSEILLES
MOAT TI-RIVIÈRE/8’ 18”
The new façade of the Galeries Lafayette Marseilles
Bourse with its three undulating tiers does more than
draw the eye. Architect Moatti-Rivière has come up
with a concept designed to convey a soft, organic,
feminine sensibility, while referencing the wave
motion of the nearby Mediterranean sea. Spectacular
by day, the rippling curves – reminiscent of hat veils –
are dramatised at night by LED light lines along each
of the three tiers.
The building is effectively wrapped in a transparent
glass ribbon with the veil effect created by metal
brackets, conveying a sense of movement. The design
beautifies the building’s corners and entrances, even
as the glazing allows plenty of daylight into the
building and helps control thermal conditions inside.
The veils also have the practical function of protecting
visitors from sun and rain.
Each veil contains an exterior lighting system
designed by 8’ 18”. The studio has exploited the
night-time potential of the architecture by using
LED Linear’s VarioLed Flex Venus White TV IP67 to
accentuate the long, graceful lines of the curves.
The project won the inaugural 2015 Prix Versailles
for Commercial Architecture, which recognises
outstanding contributions to creative and
The rippling curves of the three
tiers of canopies are reminiscent
of hat veils, and are outlined
with LED lights