Led by Santiago Parramón, RTA-Office’s inspiring design for Museum of Troy at Çanakkale, Turkey, was carried out in collaboration with local Turkish studio DOME Partners (Istanbul). The idea was to create a generator for social activity, culture and research. The task was complex and demanding – design had to be the complement to the ruins of Troy, reflecting the magnificence of the civilization, while it still had to be a jewel, valued for its uniqueness. The outcome was successful: respecting the dignity of the natural environment the lines of the museum are reminiscent of the geometry of Troy. The designed piece captures movement and a single form is creating a continuous space.
Dynamic interior space is open and spacious, with great central square acting as a receiver and distributor of activity, while giving the feeling of entering an archaeological site and welcoming free flow from the outside. Archaeological research zone ends with the area excavated from the ground, allowing the visitors to see the pieces currently being worked on and researched in the field.
Wood is single used material, chosen for both imposing structure and the skin of the building. Its elegant and evocative texture provides comfort and is in the nature of the place. However, it was the only material that could ensure zero CO2 emissions.
Building is environmentally responsible, highlighting the importance of interdisciplinary design. Harmoniously integrated in the Turkish countryside yet committed to sustainable design (energy savings up to 70%), the Museum provides healthy and pleasant environment for work and stay.