[Pasargadae Iran Museum]
The purpose of this studio was to explore possibilities of designing a museum in the World Heritage region of Pasargadae, Iran. The complexities of designing for heritage were heightened by the specific conditions of the site, which included an unfinished museum project.
The new Museum’s three levels engage with the varying experiences of below ground, ground level and above ground. Corroded and textural concrete was chosen as the primary, anchoring material, enabling the local villagers to be involved in construction. Oxidised metal wraps around the new insertions in solid panels and perforated screens to form an ever-aging skin. Materials were chosen because of their rustic, honest qualities and ability to visually melt into the landscape.