Archeopark pavlov
By Radko07-08-2017Popularity:24820 Comments


The idea for the museum was first mooted in 2002 by the Institute of Archeology of the CAS, Brno, which is now also an expert partner and sponsor of the project. The project was prepared by the Regional Museum in Mikulov in cooperation with the Radko Květ architectural studio. Construction was then carried out jointly by OHL ŽS, a.s. and SKRstav, s.r.o. Pixl-e was the contractor for the exhibition, while the furniture and audiovisual technology were supplied by A.M.O.S. Design, s.r.o. and Lotech, s.r.o, respectively.

Archaeological aspects: Dolní Věstonice – Pavlov – Milovice locations

For many decades now, excavations at the complex of Palaeolithic (the period of mammoth hunters) settlements have unearthed a huge number of stone and bone tools and artwork, as well as the skeletal remains of anatomically modern humans. This puts Pavlov and Dolní Věstonice high on the list of the world’s leading archaeological sites.The site reminds us of a past historic age and is both part of the universal cultural heritage and a symbolic integral element of the local culture, fundamentally forming a relationship between the local population and the region. It has embodied cultural values that the local population takes pride in and establishes their relation to the country.

This outstanding and attractive architecture and exhibition covers an area in excess of 500 m2 and combines contemporary audiovisual technology with traditional museum displays. It allows the public to become acquainted with the most important discoveries that scientific research has uncovered here. In addition to photographs and documents that detail the history of the various digs at these sites, the museum will also display the actual finds and explain the spiritual world of these ancient people. Special emphasis will be placed on topics such as hunting, the everyday life of hunters, their art, and their burial rituals, as well as other aspects of their world.

The Archeopark may well become an attractive destination for culturally inclined tourists and integrate well with the region’s current tourist infrastructure.

Urban and architectonic solution

The project resolved the urban and architectonic issues of the site, including the technical and traffic aspects together with the flora of the surrounding landscape. The Archeopark has a delicate location in the sense of broader urbanistic considerations. It is located on the border between the village boundary and the open countryside and forms part of the Pálava hills’ impressive scenery. The majority of the construction is situated underground, with just the white concrete towers projecting above ground.

The architectonic solution is based on the location’s conditions and formed according to three principal aspects:

1. The construction site is part of a national cultural monument, limiting construction to the area already archaeologically excavated and researched, with the only exception being the “in situ” exposition.

2. We assumed the archaeological excavations are located 4–5 meters under the current terrain.

3. The construction site is part of a protected landscape area (PLA).Based on these aspects, the concept of an underground construction arose together with the loose paraphrase of “limestone rocks standing out from green meadows and vineyards”.

The main exhibition area—as well as the administrative, technical and social areas—is hidden in the hillside. The skylight tower projects to the exterior, as does the conical entrance and the look-outs to Děvičky and the lake below. The intention is for the building to be reminiscent of the shape of a cave. Regarding the materials, up-to-date means are used to express monolithic reliefs with concrete, oak wood and glass. 

The entrance area is defined by gabion walls and forms when entering the Archeopark. This zone is multifunctional: It could be used also for open-air activities, such as theatre performances or further background for archaeological works.

This open-air landscape project accommodates spatial and functional use of the area while subtly contributing to the scenery under the Děvín hill. 

Eastern elevation: finished museum. Medieval castle „Děvičky“ in the background

A bird’s-eye view: Archeopark in the foreground, Pavlov village and medieval castle „Děvičky“ in the background

Night view: Main Entrance to the museum at sunset.

Inside view of the main underground space just after being built (view from the “in situ” rear side of the building)

Inside view of the main underground space just after being built (view from the entrance)

Inside view of the main underground space including the permanent exhibition. A mammoth tusk display stand in the foreground (view from the entrance)

Inside view of the Archeopark main underground space with the exhibition just installed (view from the“in situ” part of the exhibition)

Inside view of the exhibition focused on topography of the archaeological sites

key: Radko Květ, Regional Museum in Mikulov, Palaeolithic, mammoth hunters, Architecture, Czech republic
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