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October 2023


Living between the sky and the sea

Following the success of Roland Carta’s Le Balthazar, Jean Nouvel’s La Marseillaise, and Jean-Baptiste Pietri’s La Porte Bleue, Constructa Les Editeurs Urbains has signed the construction of the M99 tower which will be delivered in 2027.

By Maurice Gouiran
Vue depuis la terrasse d’un duplex. © Pietri Architectes
Des appartements suspendus au-dessus de la ville. © Pietri Architectes
© Pietri Architectes

This tower is a tribute by the architect, Jean-Baptiste Pietri, to his father Marc Pietri, founder of the Constructa group. Unlike its skyline neighbours specialized in office buildings, M99 will be the first residential tower built in France for nearly 60 years and a perfect illustration of urban diversity and uses. It will contain social housing for students from the nearby future international school complex (95 apartments on 6 floors). Its 4* hotel will provide accommodation for professionals on weekdays, tourists on weekends and during holidays (130 rooms on 8 floors) and host a restaurant with the most beautiful panoramic terrace in the city. Finally, there will be 17 floors of luxurious housing, from one bedroom to duplex, and a furnished 330m2 roof top (including 280 m² of vegetation) reserved for its residents.

From its 99 meters height, M99 seems like a clever mix of high and slow tech. Inspired by ancestral Mediterranean architecture, it is designed with low-carbon white concrete produced a few kilometers away from the future construction site. It will use the Thassalia seawater loop for the production of heating, cooling, domestic hot water, and reduce greenhouse gases by 70% compared to a conventional IGH (High-Rise Building).


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