For one week in May 2012, during the Detour de France, the Collective Etc was invited by the association “Vivre la rue” to open a construction site in Brest, in the district of Recouvrance, Saint Malo.
The operation takes place along a canal in St. Pierre, which is the former industrial district of Calais. It continues the urban renewal initiated by La Cité de la Dentelle (by Moatti & Rivière Architects) located a hundred meters downstream. In this bleak urban landscape, the conversion of the existing industrial hall has to be visible. The future facility must signal its presence and invite potential users, the young and curious, to enter. The high clearance at the front of the building offers increased visibility of the west gable from the surrounding area. This gable, which has been completely redesigned, will project a strong signal into the public space.
Steven Holl’s Museum Cité de l’Océan et du Surf uses unobtrusively visualised dictionary – white, transparent, in movement to conjure up its purpose and, on the other hand, to achieve a harmonious relationship with the natural environment. The choice of architectural resources is a result of parallel thinking – artistic and naturalistic.