Hringariki cultural heritage park needed a new building, a museum and visitors centre as a portal which could not just receive visitors but also communicate the history of the park and the cultural heritage. It was important to create a visual connection from the new building to the reconstructed iron age nave in the west of the park. The angled form of the museum is generated by the existing landscape, the contours and the request for a visual connection to the nave. It defines a clear entrance court to the east and the road and creates a terrace to the landscape and the west. Both the choice of locally related and natural materials and the low building height by burying one floor into the slope contribute to subordinate the building to the nature. The rusted steel can be seen as a poetic link to the iron age.
Kirstin Bartels/ div.A arkitekter