‘cité de l’océan et du surf’ a project by steven holl architects and brazilian born artist and architect,
solange fabião is now complete. set to open in june 2011, the museum intends to raise awareness
of oceanic issues and scientific aspects of the surf and sea. the facility, located in biarritz, france,
is the product of a 2005 international competition for which the collaborative project won first place.
inside, the convex structures and contouring ground form the main exhibition spaces.
positioned underground, the vast but enclosed volumes look to project the feeling of being immersed
underwater. rising ceilings and strong curves develop the overall character and define the program of
each area, which range from exposed gathering places to exploratory installations.
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