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Ouistreham Franco-British Center project

A projection in Ouistreham of the future Franco-British relations center by the architects Anne-Charlotte and Julien Zanassi.

September 1st, 2017: Presentation of the Ouistreham Franco-British Center project
Author: Marie Mangane 
Information source: Liberté Le Bonhomme Libre

In November 2019, the Franco-British relations center will open its doors on the beach of Ouistreham (Sword Beach). At the same time, the auditorium, open space, and museum dedicated to Franco-British relations, the unique project mobilizes on both sides of the Channel.

Associations, shopkeepers, residents, should take advantage of the tourist spin-offs, open spaces, a restaurant and an auditorium with 350 seats that can act as a theater. Not forgetting of course to visit the museographic space. On 800 m², it will stage, in the manner of a theater decoration, centuries of relations between France and Great Britain, on the theme of geography and commerce, culture and society, and history and conflict. The scenography of this space is entrusted to Casson Mann, a London designer with a wind in its sails, which in particular signed the Bordeaux Wine City or the last scenography of the Lascaux caves.

Estimated at 15 million euros, the project remains a low cost compared to structures of this type. The bulk of the funding will come from communities, including a significant portion of the Region. Theoretically, the city of Ouistreham would have to assume only 20% of the cost, a contribution that could moreover be supported by a British patronage.

If all goes well, work will start in 2018. The site should then open to the public as of November 2019.

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