In the heart of Aachen, within view of its famed cathedral, is the city’s most beloved innercity park, the Elisen Garden. During extensive archeological excavations amazing discoveries were made: spanning from the Neolithic period (4700 BC) to the high and late Middle Ages (ca. 910-1500) there is evidence of all essential periods of the history of settlement in Aachen from the birth of Christ to the present. In order to preserve this discovery and so that the public can experience it, an area of 60m² was to be roofed with a protective shell, where two-meter deep excavations overlap. The architectural concept of the competition-winning design of the archaeological pavilion parallels the particularity of the site – the layers of various settlement structures of several eras of urban history of Aachen find an echo in the design of a pavilion with multilayered elements.
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