Nestled into the coastal landscape of Calais on the northern coast of France, Arte Charpentier Architectes have unveiled their design for the Calais Congress Centre, a hub for cultural and social activity in the bustling city. Located along the English Channel, the centre will provide remarkable views of the water and ships entering the city's commercial port. The curvilinear centre will mimic the lush green landscape while echoing the energy of the city with an asymmetrical, ethereal design which includes flexible public space, exhibition halls, meeting rooms, and two hotels all shrouded by an elegant curtain of glass. Enter the Calais Cultural Centre with images and info after the break Calais is largely defined by its status as one of Europe's busiest ports, due to the dozens of cruise ships, transport tankers, and large boats that pass through on a daily basis. The project team aimed to incorporate Calais' storied history with its role as a centre of commerce, challenged with a dynamic program and a maximum height requirement of 15 metres within an 18,000 m² site. The team envisioned an organic form that rose from the green landscape, contrasting with the geometric forms of adjacent buildings while reflecting landmarks including Fort Risban, the lighthouse, watchtower, and historic city hall.
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