MuCEM by Rudy Ricciotti
photographed by Edmund Sumner

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Photographer Edmund Sumner has revealed initial images of the filigree-clad Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM) by architect Rudy Ricciotti, which is set to open next month on Marseille's waterfront (+ slideshow).

MuCEM by Rudy Ricciotti

Tying in with the French city's designation as European Capital of Culture 2013, MuCEM is one of several civic buildings set to open there this year and will be dedicated to the history and cultures of the Mediterranean region.

MuCEM by Rudy Ricciotti

Ornamental concrete shrouds the glazed exterior of the museum like a lacy veil, moderating light through to the building's two exhibition floors. Meanwhile, an inclined walkway bridges out from the roof the building to meet Fort Saint-Jean - a seventeenth-century stronghold that will also house museum exhibitions - before continuing on towards the Eglise Saint-Laurent church nearby.

MuCEM by Rudy Ricciotti

Rudy Ricciotti describes the building as a "vertical casbah", referring to its arrangement on the harbour. "Open to the sea, it draws a horizon where the two shores of the Mediterranean can meet," he says.

MuCEM by Rudy Ricciotti

Other projects to open in Marseille this year include a polished steel pavilion by Foster + Partners and a contemporary art space on the rooftop of Le Corbusier's Cité Radieuse housing block. See more architecture in Marseille.

See more photography by Edmund Sumner on Dezeen, or on his website.

  • Hugo

    Adieu mon beau port de Marseille.

  • Aaron

    Fort Saint-Jean looks beautiful.

  • zizi

    Clever surface.

  • John Behind

    Like a bra for a square tit.

  • Dragica Petrović

    Extraordinary woven textures <3

  • Gary Walmsley

    A square, grey scouring pad. The surrounding area looks beautiful.