|A TREASURE HOUSE FOR OYALA|
If museums are symbols of our society and its culture and if they are just as central in social development as in the heritage that they help preserve and explain, what should Oyala’s National museum represent in particular? Oyala is in itself a symbol of national identity. It contains a concentration of monuments and cultural institutions that will be a major factor in the selection of the region as a tourist destination. A national museum needs to be part of this symbolization, it is necessary that it should help to define its cultural identity and that of its own country.
The Oyala National Museum must offer, both to Guineanos and non-Guineanos, an initiation into the national identity. It must submit itself to the confines of scholarly objectivity and seek to make itself of the utmost relevance to present issues and concerns. In a sense, the national museum must elevate culture by recognizing it and placing it in a context that can be likened to a temple or a treasure-house that will welcome, teach and inspire its visitors.
|THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE MUSEUM IS A POWERFUL AND EXPRESSIVE OBJECT IN ITSELF|
A deceivingly simple steel and glass pavilion, located on a paved roof plaza above the building’s podium, serves as the entrance lobby and the main exhibit gallery. Large glass sheets that define the interior space are set far back from the roof edges, framed by delicate wood mullions. Natural light transmitted through these walls reflects off the dark, highly polished floor, emphasizing the extension of space beyond the boundaries of the interior, a symbolic grouping of truncated cylinders that evokes traditional village structures.
The unusual natural illumination, coming from around and below the viewer rather than above, and the continuous suggestion of motion in the ceiling, which dips dramatically downward to house the museum’s private conference and screening room combine to prepare the viewer for the more intimate exhibits contained within the village pavilions.
Nearly all of the museum’s collections and services are located within the solid podium, to protect the art from damaging daylight and environmental factors.
|项目建筑师||S.Cottrell, J.Michelangeli, R.Sá|