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

By: Meghan Young - Mar 6, 2013
References: fosterandpartners & 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.