Museum of Civilizations | GM architects | Via
As a proposal for a reflective experience deeply rooted in its city’s history, lebanese studio GM architects has envisioned ‘museum of civilizations’, sunk into the landscape of beirut’s martyrs’ square. The proposal excavates through various strata of earth, which contain traces from greek, roman, byzantine, ottoman, and french societies. The large hole is then infilled with two structures – a massive gridded scaffold and tall white tower – which are connected by a singular circulation path. a succession of voids break through the tressle-like block, and are occupied by platforms for exhibition use as well as general observation. Below, a walkway passes over the site’s watery bottom to access a staircase wrapped by the high white wall.