Mesopotamian Museum by Rawand Abdulla

Mesopotamian Museum

Mesopotamian Museum
Image © Rawand Abdulla

Mesopotamian Museum shows many aspects of Iraqi identity from its history, culture, tradition, people’s life style from the past to the present, more than 3000 years of ancient Mesopotamian history and achievements can be illustrated chronologically through this museum.

Mesopotamian Museum
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The innovations, beliefs, artistic craftsmanship, power and legacy of Mesopotamia can be explored through these objects many of which result from famous excavations of legendary ancient cities such as Ur, Nineveh and Babylon.

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Model

Erbil, is an ancient city in northern Iraq, which historically developed around a circular fortified core to form an important commercial, agricultural, and administrative center. The site surrounded by many green zones like: papule park-mnara park-Sami Abdulrahman park).

Mesopotamian Museum
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The site also divided to 7 layers each layer rotated according to the surrounding neighbors random pattern and axis. Each solid layer contain of each civilization according to its size of archaeological element, and the circulation: the visitors must be elevating to the top and then coming down by the ramp like the gravity of earth.

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Exploded axonometric

Different layers symbolize different historical periods and alternations in the shape and size of each layer refers to the differences between these civilizations although their similarities. The alternations between each floor also generates open roof top areas which could be used as gardens referring to the Babylon hanging gardens.

Mesopotamian Museum
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The circular base indicating the Citadel of Erbil because Citadel hangs the heritage of Erbil and the museum also protect the historical element. The outdoor exhibition contains the green wall indicating the Plan layout of the ancient Iraqi building.

Mesopotamian Museum
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The gate i used the same Arch of the Erbil citadels Gate so as to sense the Erbil heritage when you coming toward the entrance, and layered gate indicate the development of the civilization.

Mesopotamian Museum
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Material & Sustainability
Using the yellow color like gold because of our climate dusty that not appear dust and for cleaning, also using the steel and concrete as a structure.

Mesopotamian Museum
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Processing towards the next step in future development, the space as a community center-becomes an icon guiding the surroundings. Resources of the society as well as ecologic and economic parameters are merged by the interconnectivity of each layers or functions for optimized efficiency. Source by Rawand Abdulla.

Mesopotamian Museum
Image © Rawand Abdulla
  • Location: Erbil, Iraq
  • Student: Rawand Abdulla
  • College: University of Salahaddin, College of Engineering, Architecture Department
  • Supervised: Ansam Saleh Alhadidi
  • Status: Third Place from Competition of Tamayouz Award
  • Area Site: 23000m2
  • Area project: 7850m2
  • Images: Courtesy of Rawand Abdulla
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Site Plan
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Plans
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Analysis circulation path
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Analysis main core
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Concept
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