Premises and Accommodation
Located on extensive grounds in the heart of Marseille, IMéRA comprises two main buildings—a large 19th century house called Maison des Astronomes (Astronomers' House) and a vast university building dating from the 1960s—, and a three-bedroom flat on the first floor of an adjacent building.
Two work phases have been scheduled to provide the site with lodgings and working areas that can accommodate some 15 residents at a time in the best possible conditions.
The first phase (renovation of Maison des Astronomes) was completed in May 2011.
In the second phase (upgrading of the university building), some ten flats will be created as well as spaces specially devoted to IMéRA’s projects, and service and recreation areas.
Four flats are currently available to residents on IMéRA premises:
- a 3-bedroom flat on the 1st floor of the adjacent building, near the Maison des Astronomes;
- two 1-bedroom flats on the 3rd floor of the Maison des Astronomes;
- one 2-bedroom flat on the 3rd floor of the Maison des Astronomes.
Residents who cannot be accommodated on the site are put up in fully furnished flats in Marseille’s town centre, a few minutes from IMéRA.
To work, exchange ideas or organise workshops, they can use the communal areas in the Maison des Astronomes: a meeting room and a conference room (seating 50 and equipped with projector, PA system and audio/video recording equipment) on the ground floor, and a dining/function room, lounge and communal kitchen on the 1st floor.