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Half-Pipe Cultural Hubs

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

— May 27, 2011 — Eco
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.
Trend Themes
1. Environmental Education - Opportunity for businesses to create educational spaces that raise awareness about environmental issues and promote sustainable practices.
2. Maritime Aesthetic - Opportunity for industries to incorporate the fluid and undulating wave-like designs into their products, branding, and architecture.
3. Underwater Projection Technology - Opportunity for technology companies to develop innovative projection systems that can create immersive underwater experiences.
Industry Implications
1. Education - Opportunity for educational institutions to create programs and resources that focus on environmental education and oceanic issues.
2. Architecture and Design - Opportunity for architects and designers to adopt maritime aesthetics in their projects, creating visually appealing and unique structures.
3. Technology - Opportunity for technology companies to develop and market projection systems for various applications, including museums, entertainment venues, and underwater experiences.
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