New Museum in Biarritz by Steven Holl Aims to Raise Awareness of Oceanic Issues


BIARRITZ.- The Cité de l’Océan et du Surf, located in Biarritz, France will open to the public starting on Sunday, June 26, 2011. The museum, a design by Steven Holl Architects in collaboration with Brazilian artist and architect Solange Fabião, aims to raise awareness of oceanic issues and the scientific aspects of surf and sea. Derived from the spatial concept “under the sky” / “under the sea”, the museum’s concave exterior creates a central gathering plaza, open to the sky and sea, with the horizon in the distance. On the interior, the inverse convex curve becomes the ceiling of the main exhibition space, evoking the sense of being “under the sea.” The building’s spatial qualities are first experiences in the entrance space, where a ramp passes along the dynamic curved surface on which filmed exhibitions are projected, animating the space with changing images and