x tu architects: jeongok prehistory museum
apr 04, 2011
x tu architects: jeongok prehistory museum

‘jeongok prehistory museum’ by X-Tu architects, jeongok, south korea
images courtesy of X-Tu architects

‘jeongok prehistory museum’ by france based-studio X-Tu architects is now complete.
located on a paleolithic site of major archeological significance in jeongok, south korea,
the facility aims to provide a multi-sensory space that represents ranging environments
and atmospheres from the prehistoric landscape.


stretching between two small peaks, the structure seeks to harmoniously co-exist with
the natural surroundings, physically acting as a threshold between modern day and archaic
times. the soft and rounded form meanders around the site, paying homage to the watery
landscape that originally existed nearby.

pathways leading to ‘threshold’

a perforated double wall referencing the pattern of reptile skin reflects the peripheral scenery,
changing as the day progresses and activity around the volume evolves. at night, the small
punctures become illuminated and animated, as light moves along the stainless steel which
smoothly wraps around the tubular form. 


paths organized as overlapping loops circulate around the building and serve as exterior
museographic spaces. merging the boundaries of indoors and out, concealed and exposed, the
design aims to put users closer to the landscape than the building.

beneath the structure, between the two hills

inside, a network of exhibition, education and activity spaces work in a continuous loop, guiding
visitors through a collection of open and interactive areas. freely arranged islands form micro-themed
atmospheres throughout the museum, whose environment replicates and reconstitutes scenic
landscapes and animal species.

the reflective facade changes with light conditions and activity


‘prehistoric garden’

overall view


corridor while under construction

restaurant while under construction

exhibition space while under construction

micro-themed island while under construction

stairway while under construction

rendering of aerial view

rendering of structure

rendering of rooftop

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