The competition for the new archeological museum of Rostock has been decided. Congratulations to the team of Lungard en Tarnberg Architects for their winning proposal. We joined forces with Zaha Hadid architects we proudly delivered one of the 20 contributions.
Competition archeological museum Rostock
In our proposal the building tells the story of the different landscape types around Rostock: The building itself is like a cliff on the water and it tells the story of the coastal landscape, the Rostock Heath and that of the rest of what was once the largest coastal forest from Pomerania to the Netherlands. Wind-sculpted pines and oaks arch over the edge of the building as if over a cliff on the Baltic Sea. This largest 'city dune' is overgrown with heather cushions on the west side, which continue on the planned city dunes along the Rostocker quay. The history of the local estuary is told in the water on the east side of the museum with a tide garden. The tide garden consists of alluvial land and a mussel bank on the north side. A footbridge winds like a contour line over the overgrown alluvial land. From the jetty, the tidal range of the estuary, sometimes even up to 3m high, can be experienced. Land is being reclaimed along the entire east face to MNW-1.01NN. When the tide is low, tidal creeks can be seen, when the tide rises they fill up and small islands covered with reeds, cattails and other tidal creatures are formed. Macrophytes such as rushes or swamp irises grow on the higher slabs. These ensure better water quality. Loosestrife and reed bring color accents to the foot of the museum. This contrasts with the black plinth on the north side, covered in mussels and seaweed. This creates another green 'stepping stone' on the banks of the Unterwarnow.