With its prominent location at the tip of a harbor pier and at the intersection of two significant urban development loops in Rostock, the archaeological museum will play a crucial role in the future urban development of the city. It will become a new lighthouse for the whole region, and home of a distinguished archaeological collection from the Baltic Sea region, spanning more than 12,000 years of history.
a mediator between
city and water
Bringing the historic city’s grid structure with it to the harbor front, the archaeological museum connects the Old town to the water’s edge while transforming the zone of the harbor side into an inviting public space. The museum extends into the water on three sides, while it is still anchored to the harbor pier, making water a powerful and accessible presence to all who visit.
Framed by water, the museum has no back side, and offers sweeping 360 degree views of Rostock. Its design and location reinforces a generous and open urban area, with a new public path - the Warnow Path - along the museum’s edge, and public spaces that encourage residents and visitors to gather and spend time by the water.
with the historical city
The external appearance of the archaeological museum is inspired by two worlds: water and city. It is a solid building with a robust brick facade that is characteristic of Rostock’s cityscape and the maritime world.
The color of the city silhouette of Rostock is characterized by reddish-brown brick facades and warm, light plaster facades. The archaeological museum takes up the lightest tones in this existing palette as a radiant and reflective new building in the city silhouette - fitting in and standing out.
The internal logic of the building is constructed in layers - much like archaeology - defining a series of levels through which one explores the museum. From the inviting public Foyer to the functional Sluice area, that leads to the flexible exhibition spaces, the “treasure chamber” of the museum.
The interior of the Foyer takes its cues from early shipbuilding. Its load-bearing laminated wood columns and beams echo the materiality and structure of the historic wooden ships exhibited inside.