Wine City by X-TU

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Exhibition design
Casson Mann
Ville de Bourdeaux
12,927 sqm

Anouk Legendre-Nicolas Desmazières XTU

XTU is for the unknown mathematical variable and TU is for the suffix in situ, references to the geography and landscape of work by Anouk Legendre and Nicolas Desmazières, the founding architects of XTU, in 2000.

Among its many projects, XTU designed the Jeongok Prehistory Museum in South Korea and has worked on the Maison des Civilisations in La Reunion (MCUR), the first positive energy museum in the Indian Ocean, the Museum of Wine in Bordeaux, and the French Pavilion at the Expo Milano 2015.

Standing by a conviction that architecture should predict the future and the biotechnological transformation will be the Third Industrial Revolution, the architects at XTU are heavily invested in urban agriculture and experimental research, which lies at the intersection of the life sciences, ecology, architecture, and urban development.

Architectural posture is initially focused on the expression of architectural shapes carved echoing the urban context and landscape. The context is the founder, it generates the form, write in a minimalist and refined, inspired by abstract sculptors, futuristic willingly.

Dinah Casson-Roger Mann CASSON MANN

London-based Casson Mann is an environmental and exhibition design practice dedicated to the delivery of innovative experiential projects.

Casson Mann have been recognised through many awards for their transformation of museums into modern and accessible spaces. Credits include the Churchill Museum, Lord Ashcroft Gallery at the Imperial War Musem, The Welcome Wing at the Science Museum, British Galleries at the V&A and the Great North Museum. In 2006 both founders Dinah Casson and Roger Mann were elected as Royal Designers for Industry in recognition of 20 years ‘sustained excellence in aesthetic and efficient design for industry’.

Current projects include the creation of a new Centre for Parietal Art at Lascaux, a World Heritage Site, in Dordogne, France; in London, the reinterpretation of Hintze Hall, the central hall of the natural Museum of History in Kensigton, and four new permanent galleries for the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich; and the Feathers to the Stars gallery at the Frost Museum of Science in Miami, USA. 



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