CITÉ DE L'OCÉAN ET DU SURF

© stevenhol

© stevenhol

© stevenhol

© stevenhol

© stevenho

© stevenhol

© stevenhol

© stevenhol

© stevenhol

© stevenhol

© stevenhol

© stevenhol

© stevenhol


PROGRAM: museum, plaza and exhibition areas
CLIENT: City of Biarritz / Adim Sud Ouest
SIZE: 3800 sm
STATUS: construction phase

Biarritz, France, 2005-2010 This new museum project intends to raise awareness of oceanic issues and to explore educational and scientific aspects of the surf and sea and their role upon our leisure, science, and ecology. The project is comprised of a museum building, exhibition areas, and a plaza, within a larger master plan. The design concept is based on the phrases “under the sky / under the sea.” The building shape is intended to create a central gathering plaza, open to sky and sea, with the horizon in the distance. This “Place de l’Océan”, with its curved under-the-sky shape, forms the character of the main exhibition space, while the convex structural ceiling forms the under-the-sea shape. Thus, the concept generates a unique profile and form for the building, and through its insertion and efficient site utilization, the project integrates seamlessly into the surrounding landscape.

Source:  stevenholl

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