April 10, 2013
Architect: Bernard Tschumi
Location: Alise-Sainte-Reine, France
Consisting of two cylindrical buildings, the Alésia Museum and Archaeological Park sits in the countryside of a small town with a storied past. The museum is positioned on top of a hill exactly at the point where the Gauls stood during a siege, while the interpretive center is located at the Roman position in the fields below. The museum is built of stones, similar in look to the town buildings but with contemporary technology, and is buried partially into the hill so that from above it appears as an extension of the landscape. The interpretive center is made of wood, as the Roman fortifications would have been at the time of the siege. An awareness of the surrounding landscape as it pertains to the historic battle is integral to the visitors’ experience.
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Photos: Christian Richters