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The Cite de l'Ocean et du Surf Rides the Wave of Environmental Education

By: Amelia Roblin - Published: May 27, 2011 • References: stevenholl and archinect
The Cite de l'Ocean et du Surf at first looks like a skateboarders dream, but in reality it's a building designed with the sea in mind. The sinuous structure aims to mimic the maritime aesthetic of undulating waves, while the interior of the museum aims to educate people on the aquatic ecosystem.

Located in Biarritz, France, this architectural masterpiece has Steven Holl and artist Solange Fabião to thank for its truly expressive shape. An expansive cobblestone courtyard is upturned at the edges offering a dynamic play of surface that hints at the fluid forms of the interior. The whitewashed inner chambers are lit up with projections that turn the spaces into an underwater realm. The Cite de l'Ocean et du Surf is an exemplary institution that will literally submerse visitors with an awareness of oceanic issues.