CITE DE L’OCEAN ET DU SURF

Biarritz, France 2011

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DESCRIPTION +


PROGRAM: exhibition area, auditorium, restaurant, cafeteria and offices
CLIENT: City of Biarritz / Adim Sud Ouest
    SIZE: 40,903 sq ft
STATUS: complete

The Cité de l’Océan et du Surf museum intends to raise awareness of oceanic issues and explore educational and scientific aspects of the surf and sea and their role upon our leisure, science, and ecology. The project, designed in collaboration with Solange Fabião, is comprised of a museum building, exhibition areas, and a plaza, within a larger master plan. The building form derives from the spatial concept “under the sky”/“under the sea”. A concave “under the sky” shape creates a central gathering plaza, open to sky and sea, with the horizon in the distance. The convex structural ceiling forms the “under the sea” exhibition spaces. This 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.

AWARDS+


  • 2011 2011 EMIRATES GLASS LEAF AWARD
  • 2011 ANNUAL DESIGN REVIEW
  • 2012 AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE AWARD

CREDITS+

  • architect
    • – Steven Holl Architects
    • Solange Fabião ( design architect )
    • Steven Holl ( design architect )
    • Rodolfo Dias ( project architect )
    • Chris McVoy ( project advisor )
    • Filipe Taboada ( assistant project architect )
    • Francesco Bartolozzi, Christopher Brokaw, Cosimo Caggiula, Rychiee Espinosa, Florence Guiraud, Richard Liu, Maki Matsubayashi, Johanna Muszbek, Ernest Ng, Alessandro Orsini, Nelson Wilmotte, Ebbie Wisecarver, Lan Wu, Christina Yessios (project team)
      – Rüssli Architekten
    • Justin Rüssli ( project team DD/CD )
    • Mimi Kueh ( project team DD/CD )
    • Stephan Bieri ( project team DD/CD )
    • Björn Zepnik ( project team DD/CD )
  • associate architects
    • – Agence d'Architecture X.Leibar JM Seigneurin
  • structural consultant
    • – Betec & Vinci Construction Marseille
  • acoustical consultant
    • – AVEL Acoustique
  • lighting consultant
    • – L'Observatoire International
  • HVAC consultant
    • – Elithis
  • general contractor
    • – Faura Silva, GTM Sud-Ouest Batiment
  • exhibition engineer
    • – CESMA
  • structural engineer
    • – Jacobs Serete
  • exhibition contractor
    • – Geroari
  • exhibition designer
    • – dUCKS Scéno

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