Roman Museum Archaeological Park Xanten

The Roman Museum is located within the Archeological Park Xanten, which is deemed to be one of the most important archaeological excavations in northern Europe. The fundamental concept behind the museum building lies in using contemporary methods to convey the enormous dimensions of the ancient basilica to visitors. All exhibit levels are “suspended” freely in the space as an unfolding continuum of levels. Visitors follow this 300-metre ribbon like a timeline from the preserved Roman foundations up to the gable and get an impression of everyday Roman life. Moving through the space, a series of glazed elements open up, providing a view of the landscape, a welcome feeling of transparency, which in turn floods the interior with natural light. The opaque, printed glass panels that form the outer shell were designed by artist Thomas Weil.


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Completion: 2008
Owner: Landschaftsverband Rheinland
BGF: 4.873 m²
BRI: 43.735 m³
Honors: 2011 - Piranesi Prix de Rome 2011, Nominierung
2010 - BDA Auszeichnung Guter Bauten Linker Niederrhein, Anerkennung
2008 - best architects, label best architects 09
Projectnumber: 419
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