Cité de l'Océan et du Surf opens in Biarritz

February 4, 2011 | Surfing
Cité de l'Océan et du Surf

Biarritz is one of the many European surf cities. The quality of the waves of the South of France is undeniable.

Many surfers from England, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Germany head to this prime surfing destination to enjoy nice long riders, great food and hospitality.

The city of Biarritz will be debuting an innovative museum. The "Cité de l'Océan et du Surf" will raise awareness for the multiple opportunities and knowledge given by oceans.

Also, visitors will learn the most interesting scientific surf issues, such as hydrodynamics.

The project is designed by Steven Holl Architects and will be located near the beach and the sea. The futuristic lines of the building are quite impressive.

It is intended to express the concept of being 'under the sky' and, at the same time, 'below the sea'. Also, the concept explores the tide movement of the oceans.

The "Cité de l'Océan et du Surf" will have a central plaza with the horizon in the distance. The entire project will take a 3800 square metre block and will display a unique convex structural ceiling.

Steven Holl has prepared a special surprise. In the southwestern corner of the plaza, he imagined an empty concrete skater’s pool that symbolizes the connection between surfing and skateboarding.

The "Cité de l'Océan et du Surf" will open doors to public this summer.