Vanishing Vocabulary – Final Presentation Boards – Museum

Placing the museum down the hillside, just below the mounds, at the point where the main road cuts between two of them, highlights the rather subtle earthworks. It calls attention to the mounds, which currently go so easily unnoticed by the many that casually drive through the site every day.

Though all parts of the intervention speak with the architectural language of the dialogue between “dug” and “bundled”, the museum portion of the intervention uses this language to speak of “passage,” the form most related to the “ceremony” aspect of the Hopewell’s mounds. The road’s passage through the museum site and mounds, the museum’s circulation path undulating through, in, out, and between the open and enclosed spaces and elements, and the circulation’s passage beneath the tunnel of the road, all emphasize this conceptual form.

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