The Vézère valley in Dordogne, France, is a mecca of prehistory. It contains about 15 major sites, all on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Lascaux cave has one of the most important groups of Paleolithic rock wall art, both by its number and by the exceptional quality of its works. The Lascaux IV project designed by Snøhetta in collaboration with Associate Architect SRA Architectes and exhibition designers Casson Mann, is in line with the decades of reflections and initiatives focused on reconciling the safeguarding of a heritage that is unique for the history of humanity.
The Lascaux IV site, in the Montignac-sur-Vézère commune, is on the border of the Vézère valley and the Lascaux hill. It is stretched out along the edge of an agricultural territory marked by human activity and a thick forest whose dense and tall vegetation plunges the undergrowth into the shade. At the intersection of these two contrasting landscapes, the project takes advantage of the geography and relief. It is building-landscape that seems like an incision, a horizontal fault that accentuates the line between the valley and the hill.
Images by Luc Boegly & Sergio Grazia