Attractions industry news

13 Sep 2017

France and Britain's past and future relationship to be explored in new museum by Casson Mann

British exhibition designers Casson Mann will team up with Parisian architects Atelier Philéas to create a new Centre of Franco British Relations in Ouistreham, France.

Located on Sword Beach, facing the English channel, the attraction will explore and celebrate the shared social history and culture of the two countries, and the influence each has had and continues to have on the other.

The design team were chosen ahead of 132 other submissions, with a proposal that the architecture competition judges praised as “a cohesive concept that bridges scenography, architecture and landscape.”

The contemporary building is conceived as an ‘architectural periscope’, forming a physical and narrative lens through which visitors “can navigate, explore and delve into the themes, events, characters and ideas that have shaped relations between the two countries and cultures throughout history.”

The roof is punctuated by what the architects call "periscope-like volumes", which will integrate with the beach’s dune landscape. A terrace and a belvedere that creates a promenade and connects with the site of the bunker, leaving open an extension of the interior exhibition design. A vast public square will feature to the side of the museum facing the town, inviting people in.

“We’re so proud and enthusiastic to lead this project,” said Anne-Charlotte Zanassi, Phileas founding partner. “We’ve designed a non-standard, landscaped building, which participates in the enhancement of the natural character of the site.”

The sea battles of the Hundred Years’ War and the D-Day landings both took place on Sword Beach, and one million holidaymakers who pass through the nearby port today. This unique maritime setting and history has inspired Casson Mann’s permanent exhibition and visitor journey.

“As a new bridge between France and the UK, we hope the exhibition will encourage exploration and discovery of how history, culture and trade are all interlinked, leading to deeper understanding of how the crossover between important figures, events, locations and ideas have and continue to shape our relationship,” said the studio’s creative director Roger Mann.

‘As individuals and a studio, Europe, and France in particular, is part of our heritage and success and we celebrate the symbolic and practical importance of this new centre.”

The building will open in November 2019, a few months after the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union.

The project is the third cultural centre Casson Mann have recently worked on in France, following on from the Lascaux IV cave painting museum in the Dordogne and the Le Cite du Vin wine experience centre in Bordeaux.

<< Back

News powered by attractionsmanagement.com

Leisure Opportunities is doing an apprenticeship survey – take part!

To coincide with National Apprenticeship Week in March, Leisure Opportunities is undertaking an employer survey on the leisure industry’s needs and appetites for hiring apprentices. [more...]

Esme Ward becomes first female director of Manchester Museum

Manchester Museum has announced the appointment of a new director, marking the first woman to hold the position in the institution’s 125-year history. [more...]

'Lates' events generate £10m a year for British museums and galleries

A new study looking at the effects of “Lates” events in the UK and overseas has discovered significant benefits to the after-hours events, which generate nearly £10m (US$14m, €11.2m) in ticket revenue for British museums and galleries each year. [more...]

Bear Grylls plans to 'bring adventure to the millions' with new survival attraction

Celebrity survivalist Bear Grylls has said that he wants visitors to “bring adventure to millions”, with the launch of his new adventure attraction in Birmingham, UK, later this year. [more...]

Madison Square Garden Company reveals dramatic plans for 'the future of live entertainment' in London

The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) has announced ambitious plans to bring a vast, spherical music and entertainment venue to London, and claims it will “change the nature of live events.” [more...]

Public feedback sought for 'iconic' Old Street gateway designs

Members of the public are invited to have their say on 39 design proposals for the transformation of London’s Old Street roundabout to create a new ‘iconic gateway’ and public space. [more...]

In brief:

'A meeting of material and historical inspirations': Frida Escobedo to design 2018 Serpentine Pavilion @SerpentineUK @dadjaye [more...]
Increase in dementia-friendly tourist attractions could boost Scottish tourism [more...]
Southwest Wales holiday resort gets green light for £7m SkyDome [more...]
Living Museum of the North benefits from regional skills investment scheme @Beamish_Museum @gatesheadcoll [more...]
Dramatic design unveiled for indoor Swindon ski centre inspired by railway heritage @Swindonnews @FaulknerBrowns @SevenCapital [more...]
Terracotta Warriors travel 5,000 miles to go on display in Liverpool @world_museum [more...]
VisitBritain launches 'I Travel For' campaign in effort to break 40 million visitor mark in 2018 [more...]
Westminster Abbey triforium opening to public for first time in June as new museum @wabbey @RoyalFamily [more...]
Fobert and Purcell win £35.5m National Portrait Gallery transformation @JamieFobertArch @Purcelluk [more...]
More news from attractionsmanagement.com>>
<< Back