odile decq: the great site of homo erectus fossils museum
odile decq: the great site of homo erectus fossils museum odile decq: the great site of homo erectus fossils museum
jun 02, 2013

odile decq: the great site of homo erectus fossils museum

‘the great site of homo erectus fossils museum’ by studio odile decq, nanjing, china
image © studio odile decq




slated for completion in 2014, studio odile decq shared with us images of their competition-winning entry for the ‘homo erectus fossil
museum’ in  nanjing, at the archaeological site where the homo erectus nankinensis male and female skulls were discovered in 1993.
the project therefore pulls its formal cues directly from the site, neither dominating it nor becoming an irrelevant structure within it.
the natural contours are extruded and interpreted in volume, rising out of the ground cradling a large exterior plaza. continuous bands
of glazing stretch across the vertical voids between the elevated floor plates allowing a constant connection to the exterior. layering the
floors mimics the natural formation of the earth’s crust, with central voids that expose the make-up of the museum as a geological and
paleontological concept. the back side of the museum in turn is formed by a solid concrete spine that supports the rest of the structure
and includes the elevators, technical rooms, and services. the ground floor is complemented by smaller vibrant volumes, organic in nature,
that house various programmatic elements such as the 250-seat theater, a 200-seat 4D cinema, restaurant, cafe, and gift shop.
gallery spaces are organized according to museological scale, connected by various paths of circulation so that users may efficiently
visit the exhibitions based on the the length of time they want to spend.



exterior square
image © studio odile decq



(left) entrance area
(right) central voids exposing the floor layers
image © studio odile decq



ground floor
image © studio odile decq



main hall
image © studio odile decq



vertical green wall alludes to the earth’s layers
image © studio odile decq



project info:



client: nanjing tangshan construction investment development company
area: 24,000 m2
costs (architectural part): 240,000,000 rmb
competition winning project: january 2012
realisation: 2014
construction design: nanjing changjian urban architectural design co, ltd.
interior design: lord cultural resources
master plan: rahamimoff architects and urbanists ltd.
landscape design: pwa

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