The structure is reminiscent of a primitive cave, with interconnected spaces emerging from the sand. At first sight, the design is simple and preserves the delicate ecosystem of the dunes, which OPEN Architecture did not want to level, as has happened in other areas of the same coast that have been forever disfigured. The implementation has also been a chance to convert the local shipyard workers. These contributed to the construction by realizing molds with thin strips of wood and other materials. The irregularities and imperfections of the surfaces have been deliberately left in evidence to enhance the building's manual construction process.
Beyond the museum threshold and after a small reception and a dark tunnel, the space suddenly expands into a large multifunctional room where the light falls from the skylight and fills the space. In fact, the whole museum is lit by large ceiling openings, which allow for admiring the changes in the sky and the sea all day long. A sequence of cell-like environments hosts the diverse museum programs. There is also a café for relaxing while looking at the sea. A spiral staircase leads to the large sand dune belvedere.
Is this a further architectural eccentricity? On the contrary, it's an attempt to accept the orography and build at different heights instead of paving it. This is done to preserve the ecosystem and, at the same time, use the local sand to dress and isolate the building. In short, it's building without destruction.
Author : The Slowear Journal