CREDITS: 1.00 LUCourse Description
The course describes a building whose design was strongly influenced by its landscape. The Cité de l'Océan et du Surf is an ocean museum that acts as an important landmark in a natural environment and city renowned for their great beauty. An introductory text, images, watercolor sketches by the architect, numerous technical drawings, and construction details describe a building with symbolic value that embraces its setting as an important element of the project itself. The course provides a comprehensive view of the use of technologies and materials, examining in particular the design strategies used. It also analyzes how the interaction between client and architect contributed to producing a piece of architecture aimed at attracting visitors to explore the world of the oceans.
Learning Objectives – after reading the article and studying the drawings, you will be able to:
- Describe the design measures taken to integrate the museum harmoniously into the natural landscape, minimizing its impact on the environment, and discuss how the architects have produced a landmark that forms part of the landscape itself.
- Discuss what form the relationship between architecture and nature takes in the design.
- Explain the design choices made, in terms of the use of materials that allows the museum to respect the lie of the land and colors of its natural setting.
- Analyze the importance of communication between client and architect, and collaboration between people of different expertise in bringing about a truly purpose-built construction.