19. October 2012 / Ricky Ricardo

Snøhetta to build Visitor Centre for the Lascaux Caves

The Lascaux Caves are a setting of complex of caves in southwestern France, famous for its Paleolithic cave paintings. The original caves are located near the village of Montignac in the départment of Dordgone. Snøhetta and their design team have been awarded the commission to build a new Visitor Centre at the site. Drawing a line between the valley and the hill, the design of the building becomes part of the landscape. Just as the prehistoric artists made use of the irregularities in the rock-face to provide a three dimensional plasticity to their paintings, the architecture of the Visitor Centre exploits the relief of the terrain. The building's roof-line corresponds to the profile of the limestone hills of Montignac, and the transparency of the interior blurs the boundary between inside and outside.

Images courtesy of Snøhetta.

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