Musée arts décos Borély, Marseille

The Inhabited Palace


The Château Borély, a former 18th century bastide, is today a distinguished Museum of Decorative Arts and Fashion. The refurbishing project of converting the Château Borély to a museum is coherent with the logic of highlighting the chateau itself. Though the exceptional collections destined for exhibition benefit from the greatest care in terms of scenography, unveiling the building of the chateau is one of the founding elements in its museographic development.

Photos : © Frédérique Félix-Faure

Technical sheet

Competition: project winner
General Contractor: City of Marseille
Location: Château Borély, 134 Avenue Clôt Bey, 13008 Marseille
Surface: 2300 m2
Mission: architecture and museography
Budget -VAT: 6.5 M€
Due Date: 2013

General contracting team:
Agency Moatti – Rivière, commissioned architect and museographer
Atelier Donjerkovic, heritage architect
Consultancy: ARCOBA (BET TCE), CEC Salinesi (economy), Scénos-Associés (associate museographer), Terre d’Ombre (lighting), Hervé Poirier (graphics), A2MS (acoustics), Carre multimedia (multimedia).