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 Fabio. 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.
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.
Photos ©Claudia Lederer
with Lucie Curutchet & Estelle Bachacou