The Jeongok Prehistory Museum in South Korea designed by X-TU Architects has been completed and will open its door to the public in the upcoming weeks. The futuristic design that resembles a space ship is located where the first Acheulian hand axe was discovered in East Asia. The museum was conceived to reflect the surrounding landscape by day while serve as a lantern at night.
The museum’s exterior cladding consists of highly polished steel sheets and glass while the interior uses a monochromatic palette of white and grey that highlights the exhibitions. The steel sheets have been perforated following computer-generated patterns to allow controlled natural light into the exhibition halls. The exhibitions focus on the evolution of mankind in the region and feature fossils, tools, and paintings.