Archinect - News 2014-04-20T07:27:29-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/7128841/cit-du-surf-et-de-l-oc-an-by-steven-holl Cité du Surf et de l’Océan by Steven Holl adelz 2011-05-21T12:21:00-04:00 >2012-10-15T14:45:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wp/wps9ajteozymql06.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>Archinect's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/9925/building-of-the-day" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building of the Day</a> series is brought to you by our friends at <a href="http://OpenBuildings.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OpenBuildings.com</a>, the web's most comprehensive directory of buildings.</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://files.archinect.com/images/650x/ht/ht5hjkk998bclxw6.jpg"></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> 'Cit&eacute; de l'oc&eacute;an et du surf', a project in Biarritz, France by Steven Holl, and Brazilian artist Solange Fabi&atilde;o, opens in june 2011. The museum intends to raise awareness of oceanic issues and scientific aspects of the surf and sea. The design revolves around a central plaza that Steven Holl describes as 'open to sky and sea, the horizon in the distance.'</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://files.archinect.com/images/650x/3f/3ffhcsk76hfhpxlc.jpg"></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> 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.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://files.archinect.com/images/650x/gb/gb8iswxk665hm9th.jpg"></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Shaped like a giant wave, the museum is composed of delicate gl...</p>