New museum on Normandy coast to act as “periscope” for Franco-British relations


Casson Mann and architectural Atelier Philéas have planned been commissioned to design the Centre for Franco-British Relations, which is due to obtainable in 2019.

Centre des Realtions Franco-Britannique © Atelier Philéas 2017

The UK’s historical ties with France are undeniably dream of and complex, with both wars being waged and alliances formed between the two boondocks from as early as the 14th century right up until today.

As the UK’s impending split up from the European Union edges closer, and French president Emmanuel Macron take to bes poaching big banks from London’s financial centre, it seems close to a fitting time to reflect on our often temperamental relationship with our strictest neighbour across the Channel.

The Centre for Franco-British Relations is a newly announced museum instrumenting the history of relations between the two countries, which will be located in Ouistreham on France’s Normandy Sail.

Due to open in 2019, the museum will be a collaborative effort between London-based consultancy Casson Mann and Parisian architectural work Atelier Philéas.

The two companies have been chosen following a choosing process that saw more than 130 submissions and three finalists. Their charming concept envisions the centre as an “architectural periscope” looking at Franco-British relatives, says Casson Mann, with a permanent exhibition space that command tell the story of common themes, events, individuals and ideas that must shaped their relationship throughout history.

Located on Ouistreham’s Sword Margin, the building will be on the site where a large number of sea battles entertained place between the two countries during the Hundred Years’ War and where the D-Day piers occurred during World War Two, while thousands of UK holidaymakers still superseded through the port today.

“Bridge between France and the UK”

The museum order feature a permanent, immersive exhibition space, a landscaped roof district and a panoramic view of the channel that connects the two countries.

The permanent demo space will be divided up roughly chronologically and filled with seals from history that are involved in the narrative. One side will look for the channel while the other will have its back towards it, sacrifice the French and British version of events respectively.

“We also intend to be a itsy-bitsy bit mischievous with the tensions between them,” says Casson Mann overseer Gary Shelley, “For example, by using humour to look at what each rural area historically thinks of the other.”

Casson Mann co-founder and creative head Roger Mann, says: “As individuals and a studio, Europe, and France in picky detail, is part of our heritage and success and we celebrate the symbolic and practical importance of this new heart.”

“A new bridge between France and the UK, we hope that the exhibition will inspire exploration and discovery of how history, culture and trade are all interlinked, leading to deeper agreement of how the cross-over between important figures, events, locations and ideas entertain and continue to shape our relationship,” Mann adds.

The Centre for Franco-British Relationships will open to the public from November 2019.

Centre des Realtions Franco-Britannique © Atelier Philéas 2017Nucleus des Realtions Franco-Britannique © Casson Mann 2017Centre des Realtions Franco-Britannique © Casson Mann 2017

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