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MaMo, Ora-Ito’s arts center - Asario Scenes Architectures - France
  • MaMo, Ora-Ito’s arts center - Asario Scenes Architectures - France
  • MaMo, Ora-Ito’s arts center - Asario Scenes Architectures - France
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MaMo, Ora-Ito’s arts center - Asario Scenes Architectures - France

Asario Scenes Architectures


In 2010, he created Asario Scenes Architectures, borrowing from the theater the reference tools to create an architecture that dialogue with the public space. In the same year he won the Caracas Symphony Complex Competition. In 2011, he co-founded, in parallel with his activity in France, the Venezuelan company for the studies of the project in Caracas, and worked as the principal partner on the concert halls studies. The project, initiated by El Sistema, the internationally recognized music education program, is part of a hypersensitive social context and is recognized as being of public interest. Two years later, important economic constraints forced Jean-Marc to withdraw, leaving the end of the studies to continue locally, and unfortunately stopping before the start of the construction. Beyond the architectural project, he retained the excellence of the program of social action for music, and decided to join the support committee of El Sistema France.In 2013, the designer Ora-Ito will offer him the opportunity of an exceptional new adventure, entrusting him with the management of his most personal project, of which he is the new owner: the restoration and rehabilitation of the Le Corbusier gymnasium at the Radiant City in Marseille. Ora-Ito has imagined in great detail his "Mamo" Arts Center, and Jean-Marc will have made possible and realized the construction of the equipment located on the rooftop at 56 m high, listed historical monument at the UNESCO World Heritage Site. He is currently working on a new configuration of the equipment. Asario has a mathematical approach to architecture, and translates it into the design of sensitive geometric shapes. He is currently studying projects for individual houses, interior design and scenography. His numerous collaborations made him meet many talents, with complementary skills, and today possible independent partners in the framework of a collective work: engineers, landscapers, BIM architects, site supervisor, graphic designers... Jean-Marc Rio also emphasizes the value to collaborate with other architectural agencies, to act in the complexity of some buildings. He is also a daily consultant within the framework of the design of equipment of cultural interest.

Project Description

The former gymnasium of the Radiant City (1952), located at 56 m high on the Rooftop of the Le Corbusier’s Housing Unit in Marseille, was abandoned before being reinvent ​​by his new owner: Ora-Ito. He wished to restore it and transform it in a public cultural place, with contemporary art exhibitions open on an exceptional view of the PACA region. The meeting with Ora-Ito is fascinating. It was a challenge project, very personal to him. His request is precise, in a very short time for the Veilhan’s in situ exhibition, created for “Marseille-Provence 2013” European Capital of Culture.

The different phases were : the remove of the existing partitioning which was not exact with Le Corbusier plans, the restoration of the facades, the Administrative authorizations for the construction work, the analysis of the structure and the restoration of the floor, the restoration of the heraklith panels roof, and for the next step, the project of the new mezzanine and the opening of the solarium.

This project represents a staging of the excellence of modern architecture, a journey into the history of Le Corbusier: a teaching of an inestimable value. Thanks to Ora-Ito.

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