IN TOUCH WITH THE PAST
During the construction of a new museum, the ground under the building turned out to be full of archaeological remains. Here, the past reveals itself, layer by layer, if you know where to look.
Building on history
In De Bastei’s underground corridors, visitors walk through an archaeological site nearly 2,000 years old. More recent remnants are also present. Each element builds on what came before.
Projecting the past
With the museum, we developed the idea of allowing visitors to literally touch the past. Using a gobo projector – which casts lighted words and images on the remains – we show visitors what they’re looking at. Brick by brick, stone by stone, they discover old structures, from a Roman harbour front to a 14th-century defensive work.
By touching the remains, they can get even closer. Physical contact triggers a projection showing exactly what took place at each spot in the past.
LOCATION: Nijmegen, the Netherland
CLIENT: De Bastei
COLLABORATORS: OPERA Amsterdam, Woodwork, KlevR Sounddesign, deFine