SITE MUSEUM

ARKxSITE Competition Organizer

Castle at Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal

 

CIRCUMAMBULATORY

ORGANIZATION

PLANAR 

ORGANIZATION

SOUTH PORTION

OF MUSEUM

NORTH PORTION

OF MUSEUM

PUBLIC ROOF

& ENTRY RAMP

PUBLIC

ACCESS

EXHIBITION 

AREAS

RESEARCH 

& LEARNING

The proposed Site Museum operates at the intersection of a diverse history of military, religious, and urban conditions.  As a response to the history of the Montemor-o-Novo site, the museum is embedded into the ground and serves as a container for artifacts that address the periods of Christian, Islamic, and Regal settlements. Opening westward towards the urban core, the program is organized around the simultaneity of these religious and political conditions. This simultaneity as well as the overlap between seemingly incompatible spatial ideas is fundamental to the study and observation of archaeological artifacts conducted at the Site Museum.