Tucson, Arizona firm Line and Space recently shared with us their competition proposal for the new National Museum of Afghanistan developed over the summer of 2012. Inspired by the basin and range geology of Kabul and incredible archaeology, the design features architecture that is derived from Afghan soil by means of stone clad conical elements rising from the landscape that are evocative of an atypical approach to the standard museum typology. Designed to provide a dramatic yet serene and secure place for visitors to learn about the country’s amazing and complex history, the various strategies employed by Line and Space offer up some interesting concepts that celebrate the incredible treasures housed within. More details after the break. The visitor approach to the Museum starts with a descent into the earth along a timeline highlighting specific events of the past. An underground Arrival Building orients and directs visitors across a bridge over a visible “excavation” to the Museum. Exhibits are housed in individual galleries, arranged chronologically in time around an outdoor contemplation garden. At each gallery, visitors can choose to view period-specific introductory exhibits or fully immerse themselves in the artifacts and information located within. Sheltered by the earth, collection storage and conservation occurs underground at a secure, non-public, lower level of each gallery.
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