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Museum of Ocean and Surf / Steven Holl Architects + Solange Fabiao

  • 01:00 - 18 May, 2011
Museum of Ocean and Surf / Steven Holl Architects + Solange Fabiao
Museum of Ocean and Surf / Steven Holl Architects + Solange Fabiao, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects © Iwan Baan Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects +30

From the architect. The Museum of Ocean and Surf (Cité de l’Océan et du Surf) explores both surf and sea and their role upon our leisure, science and ecology. The design by Steven Holl Architects in collaboration with Solange Fabiao is the winning scheme from an international competition that included the offices of Enric Miralles/Benedetta Tagliabue, Brochet Lajus Pueyo, Bernard Tschumi and Jean-Michel Willmotte.
The Museum of Ocean and Surf will open to the public this coming June 25th.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The building form derives from the spatial concept “under the sky”/“under the sea”. A concave “under the sky” shape forms the character of the main exterior space, the “Place de l’Océan.” The convex structural ceiling forms the “under the sea” exhibition spaces. The building’s spatial qualities are experienced already at the entrance where the lobby and ramps give a broad aerial view of the exhibition areas, as they pass along the dynamic curved surface that is animated by moving image and light.

Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

The precise integration of concept and topography gives the building a unique profile. Towards the ocean, the concave form of the building plaza is extended through the landscape. With slightly cupped edges, the landscape, a mix of field and local vegetation, is a continuation of the building and will host festivals and daily events that are integrated with the museum facilities.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Two “glass boulders”, which contain the restaurant and the surfer’s kiosk, activate the central outdoor plaza and connect analogically to the two great boulders on the beach in the distance. The glass boulders can be reached through the main entry lobby, which connects the street level to the cafeteria and surfer’s kiosk, and but are also accessible independently through the plaza, which serves as a main gathering space open to the public.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The museum store is located at the intermediate level of the exhibition spaces, with direct access to the entry lobby and the auditorium. The more intimate restaurant and the elevated outdoor terrace are at the top level of the museum, providing open ocean views.

Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

At the building’s southwest corner, there is a skate pool dedicated to the surfers’ hangout on the plaza level and an open porch underneath, which connects to the auditorium and exhibition spaces inside the museum. This covered area provides a sheltered space for outdoor interaction, meetings and events.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The exterior of the building is a textured white concrete made of aggregates from the south of France. Materials of the plaza are a progressive variation of Portuguese cobblestones paving with grass and natural vegetation. A combination of insulated glass units with clear and acid-etched layers animates the visual dynamics enhancing interior comfort. The interior of the main space is white plaster and a wooden floor provides under-floor wiring flexibilities.

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brisy34 · November 21, 2014

Mariam El jouhari and Grace Dewebel an American Syrian scientists have been providing free lectures and films at the Marine Conservation Institute in 11 American states and around the world have some very interesting informations on how everyone can help a little everyday, a must see

Bendheim · July 28, 2012

#architecture Surf&#39s up! Travelers 2 France: take a trip to the gorgeous Steven Holl-designed Museum of Ocean & Surf: http://t.co/C736jb26

Pavel Kozdas Photo · July 04, 2012
Museum Maven · June 13, 2012

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ArchiMinds · June 12, 2012

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BEn · June 07, 2012

Give this man a Pritz!

Ben Eltham · June 04, 2012

And while we&#39re doing ArchPorn, here is the Cité de l’Océan et du Surf in Biarritz, France http://t.co/bGEcCbwG

ian · May 29, 2012

here's my beef with this project....its a museum of ocean and surf. what do people do with the ocean and surf. they surf... what else do they do. skate. so steven holl recreates a halfpipe at the entrance to this building. no doubt these curves pay homige to the surf, so why deprive the people who cherish this ocean, (the surfers) from being able to skate this amazing shape by constructing it out of cobblestones... just a thought.

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SEED · March 20, 2012

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ArquitecturaES · March 14, 2012

Museum of Ocean and Surf / Steven Holl Architects http://t.co/tXYvF76o a beautiful new wave in global architecture

David Whitemyer, AIA · March 09, 2012

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AllAboutDoor&Windows · January 03, 2012

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Josh Mings · December 21, 2011

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Brian · October 05, 2011

fail.

Kirsty Cassels · September 20, 2011

Some internal views look promising but not sold on this at all. : Museum of Ocean and Surf by Steven Holl Architects http://t.co/fQPC1Z83

branka b · August 20, 2011

Steven Holl has outdone himself...the Surf Museum looks surreal http://t.co/E76iQfH

Jason Lasser · August 08, 2011

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Mi?elis Roze`n`bergs · June 19, 2011

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Sarah Edwards · June 15, 2011

At first glance, the exterior of this project reminds me of Eisenman’s Architect’s City of Culture of Galacia Archive and Library in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The Stone arrays of wavelike walls which carve into the ground and create dynamic undulations through the sites of both projects seem to carry the occupant just like the currents and surf of the ocean. It is logical that these two clusters of structures are remarkably comparable, both Holl’s and Eisenman’s proposals were based on aquatic premise - from the notion “under the sky/ under the sea” and the shape and ridges of a sea scallop, respectively.

ilaria defilippo · June 07, 2011

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Espacio Itinerante · May 19, 2011

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Malcolm Brooks · May 19, 2011

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ananthony · May 19, 2011

crap photos but quite fancy a visit to this. trip to Biarritz anyone? http://t.co/B9BEz9o #surf #architecture

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Poulin Giroux Alexandre · May 19, 2011

C'est vraiment excellent ! J'avais peur que ca ne déforme trop le paysage par rapport aux environs, mais c'est ok (avec les maisons traditionnelles)

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James Davies · May 19, 2011

Steven Holl does my 1st year project...better than me :( you win this round steven! http://t.co/FCOnpn1 via @archdaily

Y · May 19, 2011

Very nice indeed so, To bad 'the waves' aren't in smooth concrete. that way the architecture would have also been functional for the child surfing gave birth to, the skateboard

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Nuno Lagartinho · May 19, 2011

Fantastic when you can combine the best of both worlds, surfing and architecture. Congratulations!

n · May 19, 2011

some evocative imagery of details but the photos and drawings are really lacking context. at the moment the documents immediately come across as though they're trying to hide from and avoid showing how it relates to its surroundings, which is a bit odd.

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john · May 19, 2011

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