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Archives et Bibliothèque départementales Gaston Defferre, Marseille


A cultural institution of the French town of Marseilles, the Regional Archives and Library are dedicated to the former mayor and renowned politician Gaston Defferre. Built in 2006 to replace the old regional library centre of the Bouches-du-Rhône department dating back to 1945, the new multifunctional building was meant to offer larger and better organized spaces to Marseilles citizens.  

Allowing easy access to culture to a wider audience, nowadays the library organizes a wide range of events, workshops, seminars, and shows, besides the regular promotion of exhibitions of every kind. Also become a place for exchanges and meetings owing to its modern facilities, the library’s main mission is to encourage local players in the book chain, such as writers, illustrators, and editors, to give loud voice to their creativity.
Archives et Bibliothèque départementales Gaston Defferre, Marseille
Marseilles, France
Lighting design
Guillaume Sarrouy Lighting,G.S.L Conception Lumière
Product supply
Fauché / FOX S.L.V.
Guillaume Clauzon
Soon after its construction, the complex had been illuminated by the famous Japanese lighting designer Keiichi Tahara, leading player on the world stage in various artistic fields such as photography, video making, and architecture. He developed the lighting design of the Marseilles library, named "Ode a la Mediterranee," inspired by the idea that the light should become one with the illuminated object. The light reflections on the building were meant to reproduce the three elements sea, sky, and wind stratified in different layers, blending nature with architecture through the use of light.
Within a recent requalification programme, the Lighting designer Guillaume Sarrouy of G.S.L  Conception Lumière, supported by the provider FOX S.L.V, has been appointed with the revamp of the original illumination concept of the whole building. G.S.L Conception Lumière carries out services relating to architecture, events, or shows, from light&video production or sound design to project support, including technical management, design concept, and training. Besides delivering a splash of coloured light to the structure, Sarrouy wanted to emphasize the outside walls of the complex with dynamic images of light and water. 15 GoboLED 500 units located in strategic areas, have been used to reproduce a realistic water waving effect as well as an artistic light reflecting pattern onto different areas of the structure, delivering a deep emotional impact at night. Now the imposing building looks lighter and modern, attracting the attention of the by-passers with its eye-catching design.    

Location: France - Archives et Bibliothèque départementales Gaston Defferre, Marseille
Lighting design: Keiichi Tahara / Light design (2006). Renovation Guillaume Sarrouy Lighting ,G.S.L  Conception Lumière
Pictures: Guillaume Clauzon Installation: Fauché / FOX S.L.V.  

Products installed:
15x AL5179 GoboLED 500
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