Cite de l'Ocean et du Surf
|Cité de l'Océan et du Surf|
|Floor area||38000 sqm|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Steven Holl Architects with Solange Fabião|
The Cité de l'Océan et du Surf, which opened in Biarritz, France in June 2011, is a museum designed by Steven Holl Architects in collaboration with Solange Fabião. The design was the winning scheme of an international competition held in 2005. Based on the concept "under the sky" and "under the sea," the building features a strongly curving roof, which also shapes the space of the public plaza, tilted towards the horizon and the ocean.
The 3800sm building, which houses gallery spaces, an auditorium, a restaurant, cafeteria and administrative offices, is part of a larger site, with a public landscape that flows seamlessly from the museum's plaza to the water.
For the Cité de l'Océan et du Surf, Steven Holl has received several awards, including the 2011 Emirates Glass LEAF Award, the 2012 American Architecture Award, and an Annual Design Review prize.
- Carla Leitao: "Cite de l'Ocean et du Surf, Biarritz: Interview With Steven Holl & Solange Fabião", in The Huffington Post, 08-11-2011