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The Castel

Marseille (13), France
The Castel
Mixed-use opération

The rehabilitation
of a historic building

A building
steeped in history,
by Gaston Castel

In Marseille, at the corner of Boulevard des Dames and Quai de la Joliette stood the former agency of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique.

This Art Deco building, built in 1929 by the architect Gaston Castel, is characterized by its large façade and its remarkable ironwork by the Maison SUBES.

Our project is fully in line with the expression of minerality desired by this architect who designed many of the city's monuments: the listed facades and the Clock Tower are preserved and restored. It is designed by the Poissonnier Ferran agency.

The past combined
with modernity...
and complexity!

In addition to its architectural quality, it is by its technicality that this project stands out, in particular due to the will to preserve certain historical elements - and sometimes classified! - of the operation: facades, monumental staircase, Clock Tower, chandeliers, telephone booth,...

Modern and ambitious, the building is also environmentally certified:

  • Rehabilitated offices: NF Habitat HQE
  • New offices: BREEAM and NF Habitat HQE
  • Tourism and business residences: NF Habitat and Bâtiments Durables Méditerranéens
  • Housing : Patrimoine Habitat Rénovation

The building was acquired in June 2017 by a real estate company jointly owned by the OPCI Groupama Gan Pierre 1, the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations and the Agence Nationale pour la Rénovation Urbaine.

In a few figures...

Le Castel it is :

  • 115 housing units on more than 8000 sqm,
  • 9100 sqm of offices, of which 6200 sqm are new and 2900 sqm are renovated,
  • 1300 sqm of shops
  • Nearly 5,000 sqm of tourist and business residences,

A parking lot with 228 spaces


The Castel mixed operation consists of :

  • The transformation of a building originally of 9,500 sqm into a total area of 23,400 sqm,
  • The preservation of a historic building designed by a renowned architect,
  • An example of an operation that is part of the Eiffage Group's ambitious environmental approach,

Proof of the synergy between the Group's various businesses: Chastagner (now Demcy) for the demolition, La Forézienne for the earthworks, Eiffage Energie Systèmes and Eiffage Construction.