NEW ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF SPARTA
The site of NAMS is a layering of cultural traces, a puzzle of different eras. Our proposal brings hierarchy between existing and new elements while transforming the site area into a tool for further exploration.
The museum presents itself as an Ark, enclosing the archaeological findings and the scientific knowledge inside. Three distinct parts- a base, a body and a top- are hosting the storage, laboratories and exhibition areas respectively while the roof is providing natural and artificial lighting according to the museological needs. The geometry of the building is tuned to the facade treatment of Zenetos, bringing the two buildings in dialogue. The envelope of the new building is curated in order to reveal views towards the river, the ancient Acropolis and the Taygetos mountain.
The identity of the new museum is strengthened through its distinct materiality. With the aid of innovative fabrication technologies new inherent qualities of the material are revealed, such as translucency, colour and texture. The same philosophy is describing the proposal overall: A museum that stands abstract, an archetypical prism that reveals its inside differently, depending on the weather changes and the museum activities.
Location: Sparta, Greece
Budget: 18m. €
Client: Region of Peloponnese