Cultural Spaces OMAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM PROPOSAL
2012
SALUT CASTLE, SULTANATE OF OMAN

Oman is country full of treasures that is being explored to reveal its fascinating history. The principal in conceiving our project for the Oman Archaeological Museum (or OAM) is the idea of communicating ‘Where past meets future’, creating an expression of the importance of archaeology by using the new technologies. 

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Oman is country full of treasures that is being explored to reveal its fascinating history. The principal in conceiving our project for the Oman Archaeological Museum (or OAM) is the idea of communicating ‘Where past meets future’, creating an expression of the importance of archaeology by using the new technologies. The decision to establish a representation of Oman’s ancient heritage at Salut Castle is a reflection of its historical importance. A key part of concept is to create a park that embraces and connects the archaeological features and that can be reached by a variety of personal and guided mobility systems. The OAM has been designed to link ideas of Islamic architecture with organic forms. The pattern made from 25 ‘trapezoidal’ shapes that are rotated within a regular square planning grid. This gives the museum an important sense of order but also allows softer forms in accordance with the internal activities and display needs. The museum has been designed to provide more than 5,000 sqm of exhibit space that can house objects combined with interactive presentation technologies to create emotional stories. The internal spaces reflect the domed roofs that help ventilate the environment and bring controlled daylight.

PROJECT
aMDL Architetto Michele De Lucchi Srl – Michele De Lucchi

PROJECT TEAM
Nic Bewick (project director), Alessandro Ghiringhelli, Vittorio Romano, Federico Tria, Francesco Faccin (model maker)

CONSULTANTS
Dr. Ulrich Hermanns GmbH (set design); WahhWorks (model)

CLIENT
Diwan Of The Royal Court and Ministry of Culture

AREA
11,500 m2

CHRONOLOGY
2012 design

VIDEO
Mario Greco

SKETCH
Michele De Lucchi