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Brooklyn, New York, Stati Uniti: [VISITOR CENTER ARCHE NEBRA BY HOLZER KOBLER ARCHITEKTUREN]
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“In 1999, unlicensed treasure hunters unearthed a remarkable archaeological relic: a 3,600-year-old sky disc made of bronze inlaid with gold.

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It depicts complex constellations and the symbol of the solar barge representing the sun’s nightly passage from west to east.

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An architectural competition was launched to design a public archaeological centre and an observation tower that would showcase the disc and come to symbolize the region.

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We chose the symbol of the solar barge for the construction of the centre.

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Visible from far away, the body of the building is covered with yellow anodized aluminium and appears to float above the glass-encased entry level, in which the admission desk and café are located.

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The 60-metre-long abstracted ship houses two exhibition rooms and the planetarium.

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The open vertical atrium connecting the ground floor to the first floor symbolizes the relationship to the heavens.

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The rough plastered base housing the seminar rooms and offices appears to emerge from the hillside.

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The permanent exhibition explores the site of the discovery and the historical environment, while the immense picture window surrounding it presents visitors with a vista of the Mittelberg mountain and the observation tower.

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The panoramic window of the temporary exhibition space offers a view of the Unstrut river.

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The exact site where the disc was discovered is marked by a 30-metre-high conical tower, creating a landmark that can be seen from far around.

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Widening towards the top, inclined 10 degrees to the north and divided by a vertical crevice extending over its full height to mark the sommer solstice, it replicates the function of the sky disc as a solar calendar.

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Once a day the sun passes through the vertical opening, indicating the line of sight towards the Brocken mountain some 80 kilometres away, just as the Brocken served as a reference point for the sky disc in the Bronze Age.”

Holzer Kobler Architekturen Architects: Holzer Kobler Architekturen Location: Wangen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany Type: Visitor center and observation tower Client: Burgenlandkreis, Kreisverwaltung Year: 2007 Photographs: Jan Bitter