bernard tschumi architects: alésia museum and archaeological park
jul 18, 2012
bernard tschumi architects: alésia museum and archaeological park


‘alésia museum and archaeological park’ by bernard tschumi architects, burgundy, france
image © christian richters
all images courtesy of bernard tschumi architects

occupying the historically significant site of burgundy, ‘alésia museum and archaeological park’ by french firm bernard tschumi architects pays homage
to one of france’s most important battles dating back 2000 years ago between julius cesar and the gauls. the project represents both
participants in the war without obstructing the ancient location which still hosts an uncompromised medieval town. the construction
will take place over two phases. the first, an interpretation center for observation, was completed and opened to the public earlier this year
and represents cesar’s temporarily camped army. the final stage will see the realization of the museum located at the position of the gauls’
stronghold over a kilometer away and is scheduled to open in 2015. the simple forms of the two round volumes and their placement
within the context helps to feature the landscape as the true protagonist of the ensemble.

the primary construction of the interpretation center is comprised of polished concrete floor slabs supported by slender angled columns
in the main space. shear walls make up the outer structure and the spiraling inner staircase. a secondary vertical steel structure wraps the
perimeter to frame the glazing and anchor the tertiary structure. horizontal wooden rings with intermittently-spaced diagonal rungs
encloses the entire facade, helping to integrate the building into the land. the circular plan allows 360 degree views out towards the site as the
vegetated roof garden provides a bird’s-eye view of the recreated battlements below. by contrast, the museum will display actual artifacts
and will be clad in a gabion mesh filled with stone to represent the defensive nature of the gauls upon their hilltop.


aerial view
image © iwan baan


exterior
image © christian richters


wooden screen


aerial view
image © christian richters


interior space


interior gallery space
image © iwan baan


(left) foundation preparation
(right) concrete structure construction


facade construction section perspectives and details


exterior rendering of museum


interior development


interior development


floor plan / level 0


floor plan / level 1


section


initial sketches

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