Statistic surveys indicate that
the majority of visitors in museums are mainly tourists and not people from the
local community. This fact raises questions on the different facilities that
the museums have to have in order to broaden the spectrum of visitors and being active cultural nodes
of a city.
Cyprus is one of the oldest
civilizations in the Aegean Sea that is dating back from 3900-2500 BC. Its
collection is enormous and will attract people from all around the world. The
New Cyprus Museum is aiming to be a meeting point for tourists, academics,
students and archeologists in the Mediterranean Sea. The building has to meet
the criteria of a contemporary archeological museum and its deign to be
innovative in terms of new technologies, research of new curatorial approaches
and facilities that could offer.
The museum acts as cultural hub that attracts people to meet, interact
and socialize. On a second level, the museum functions as a tourist meeting
point, where visitors meet and enjoy a relaxing time, checking out the really
big permanent exhibition but also, temporary exhibits, drinking coffee and
getting informed for the city’s attractions and happenings.
The ground based volume is
shifted towards the Venetian Walls and the existent museum connecting them with
Pedieos river and the extension of the municipal garden. The position of it is
creating an urban passage that is the main entrance of the new Cyprus Museum.
Subtracting the volume of the urban passage, we are creating a void that is a
placeholder for all the interactive and public program of the building. In the
same time the void separates the building into two different podiums that they
serve separately public and restricted access functions. The exhibition is on
the end of these two podiums working as a connector.