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The Lascaux Paleolithic cave paintings, estimated to be 17,300 years old, will be surrounded by subterranean complex of tunnels and chambers. More from Snøhetta
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A team comprising exhibition designers Casson Mann, Snøhetta and Duncan Lewis have won the prestigious Lascaux IV: International Cave Painting Center competition.
The team won against several of Europe’s leading architects including Mateo Arquitectura, Auer+Weber and Jean Nouvel.
With a budget of €50million, Lascaux IV has been initiated to conserve the integrity of the original cave complex, permanently closed to the public since 1963, while ensuring that the public can still appreciate the remarkable Paleolithic paintings within. It is part of a strategy to establish this world heritage site and the Dordogne region of France as an internationally culturally and scientifically significant attraction in terms of access to, understanding and conservation of parietal art.
Speaking about Casson Mann’s winning design, Jury member Bernard Cazeau, Président du Conseil Général de la Dordogne, said: “From the point of view of the scenography – which was, in our eyes an essential factor – it’s the most successful project.”