Sibaritide Museum

Expansion of National Archaeological Museum of Sibaritide and new archaeological deposits

TYPES: Culture
YEAR: 2015
CLIENT: Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities
ACTIVITIES: Preliminary and final design, working drawings, built
AREA: 2118 sqm

The new volumetric and spatial layout of the Hippodamian museum and the new archaeological deposits aims to comply with all morphological, functional and distributional aspects of both structures.
The plans have been conceived according to principles of distributional clarity and simplicity as to create a seamless continuous exhibition path.
The two buildings are made uniform by a common façade system consisting of a continuous envelope, as an external skin, of wooden sunshade bands on a steel frame running along each wall. These envelopes surround and embody the volumes allowing them to be “half-seen” from the outside.
The new Hippodamian museum is a natural continuation of the original Museum. It consists of a central volume on two levels. At the highest level the three volumes of the multimedia rooms are dovetailed with each other, standing out for their own colour and enveloped by a wooden weave.
The numerous archaeological findings collected throughout the years and the will to make them available led to the construction of a large space for the storage and cataloguing, designed to host the educational activities of the Museum. Thanks to the new archaeological deposits, the Museum of Sibaritide becomes a modern study center, giving students and professionals the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and research on archaeological goods of which our land is rich.