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The Port Vieux Pavilion is Reminiscent of Chicago's Cloud Gate

By: Meghan Young - Published: • References: fosterandpartners and thisiscolossal
The Port Vieux Pavilion is reminiscent of British artist Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate in Chicago, Illinois. Although they are nothing alike in form, the latter has been knick-named the 'Bean' while the former has a thin horizontal plane, they both have a mirror-finish that attracts people like a shopaholic to a sample sale.

Recently unveiled at the World Heritage-listed harbor in Marseille, France, the Port Vieux Pavilion was designed by architecture firm Foster + Partners. Made out of highly polished stainless steel, it measures a whopping 150 feet long, which is half the size of a football field.

A surreal canopied structure, the Port Vieux Pavilion gives the illusion that people could be peering into another dimension and seeing another version of themselves or perhaps even undergoing an Inception-like experience.