The J1 has been entirely renovated for the occasion of MP2013 and is for the first time open to the public. It will host major exhibitions and welcome a large number of visitors.
The J1 is a shed belonging to the Great Seaport of Marseille, located on the docks of Marseille between the J4 and the Joliette.The upper level of the J1 offers an open space of 6000 sq. meters including an exhibition space of 2500 sq. meters. You will find there the "Seafront factory" ("L'Atelier du Large") including "The Jetty" ("La Jetée"), the "Quay's Gallery" ("Galerie des quais") and "The South Researchers" ("Les Chercheurs du Midi"). For your comfort, a children's area, a shop and bookstore, an information point and a bar and restaurant with a breathtaking view have been added to the J1.
This building used to be used as a harbour station and was only accessible by travellers from Tunisia or Algeria. Today, if it keeps its port vocation with placeholders, the J1 is the perfect example of public space reclaiming by Marseille people. After the exhibition "Mediterraneans. From Yesterday’s Cities to Today’s Men", another exhibition showed the great relations between the Mediterranean and the city of Marseille: "Le Corbusier and Brutalism" from October 11, 2013 to January 22, 2014.
Finally, the J1 is located in a very pleasant place because it offers not only a view on the sea, but also on the city, thanks to its glass facades.
J1 - Marseille
Place de la Joliette
Boulevard du Littoral