Archinect - News 2017-08-23T02:35:47-04:00 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="" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building of the Day</a> series is brought to you by our friends at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>, the web's most comprehensive directory of buildings.</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></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=""></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=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Shaped like a giant wave, the museum is composed of delicate gl...</p>