CITE DE L'OCEAN ET DU SURF, BIARRITZ: INTERVIEW WITH STEVEN HOLL AND SOLANGE FABIAO

Huffington Post, Carla Leitao, August 11, 2011
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"The Cité (de l'Océan et du Surf) is already called only and justly that—Cité—in anticipation of its future role in becoming an identifiable piece or fragment which is more than a building that aims at continuing lines of public space, and, therefore, becomes a zone which can simultaneously reflect and engage Biarritz. At the heart of these transformations are changes in the relative functions and exchanges between programmatic and cultural characters and the realms of aesthetics that explore these new activities and eminently public connections. The architecture team was particularly interested in having an extended landscape design surrounding the building, which could extend and provide more potential for these linkages to evolve. These new relationships emerge as a reformation of that larger character that we know as the city—the reflection on its future role as an exchange center, and the ways in which there might be particular topologies that redefine the connections between the larger environment, institutions and citizens. It is for this reason that, at the Cité, the embracing wave design—which analogically suggests the continuation of folding topologies of the ocean further away—embodies important beginning movements not for its independent figuration, but for its attempt to exercise that continuity as a matter of fact."
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