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Casson Mann team lands Lascaux jackpot

A team led by London-based museum experts Casson Mann with Norway’s Snøhetta has won the international contest to design a new visitor complex at the Paleolithic cave paintings site at Lascaux in France

The practice, the only British outfit among the finalists, beat French star Jean Nouvel, and Germans Auer + Weber to land the scheme.

According to the firm, its submission for the Lascaux IV: International Centre for Parietal Art won because of its ‘seamless integration into the landscape and the quality of its scenography’.

Jury member Bernard Cazeau, président du conseil général de la Dordogne, said of Casson Mann’s winning design: ‘From the point of view of the scenography – which was in our eyes an essential factor – it is the most successful project.’ 

Casson Mann approached architects Snøhetta and Bordeaux based Duncan Lewis to work on the contest bid and designed the interiors before the Norwegian big-hitters developed the architecture.

The €50 million centre is scheduled to open in 2015.

Mascaux IV: International Centre for Parietal Art - Snohetta (with Casson Mann)

Mascaux IV: International Centre for Parietal Art - Snohetta (with Casson Mann): stitched panorama

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