Libyan History Museum / Jafar Tukan Architects

Libyan History Museum / Jafar Tukan Architects
Courtesy of Consolidated Consultants/Jafar Tukan Architects

Located in a very rich part of Tripoli where street cafes are full, public gardens are lavish, and pedestrian pathways are bursting with everyday life, it is the perfect setting to tell a piece of Libya’s history. Therefore, the design strategy of Consolidated Consultants/Jafar Tukan Architects consists of embracing this rich surrounding for this history museum. More images and architects’ description after the break.

By letting two main pathways continue through our site, we are sure to anchor the building with its surroundings. Not only do these two pathways define the building’s geometry, but they also offer a unique opportunity to engrave the names of those who fought for Libya in the streets of their capital forever. This space becomes the first museum gallery. A semi-pubic program is also envisioned at this level; a café and a souvenir’s shop receive the exhibition visitors as well as other clientele.

Courtesy of Consolidated Consultants/Jafar Tukan Architects

This exhibition center is connected to the main Jihad Building across the street via an underpass at the basement level. A temporary large gallery occupies this first basement as well as storage space. Two more basements are planned offering seventy parking spots.

street gallery

The exhibition visit starts at the first floor where two main galleries are located and extents to the second where three more main halls are located. These two floors are articulated by means of double volumes, terrace gardens, and a multi-purpose hall offering a multitude of possibilities to organize different exhibitions.

site plan

The trip culminates at the third floor where a special gallery is dedicated to the modern Libya. The space is unique; a transparent box surrounded by a garden and open to the sky.

axonometric 01

Architects: Consolidated Consultants/Jafar Tukan Architects Location: Tripoli, Libya Designed by: Jafar Tukan. Project Architect: Tareq Ghannam. Design Team: Ra’ed Al-Sayyed, Rasha Adhami Project Area: 10869 sq. m Client: Libyan Public Sector Plot area: 2860 sq.m Building area: 7406 sq. m Parking area: 3463 sq.m Number of Parking spots: 74 parking Building Height: G+3 floors Basement Floors: 2 parking floors Program: 8 galleries dedicated to the History of Libya, Audio visual Library, Small lecture Hall, Bookshop, Coffee shop

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Cite: Alison Furuto. "Libyan History Museum / Jafar Tukan Architects" 07 Sep 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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