Tripoli Museum of Conflict, Libya by Metropolitan Workshop

Project description from Metropolitan Workshop:
A Centre for Memory and Reconciliation
Metropolitan Workshop has won a closed competition for the new Museum of Conflict in Tripoli, Libya. The museum will house permanent and special exhibitions providing a unique platform to showcase Libya’s national story on a local and international level and educate future generations of the price of war.


The building’s main design concept is inspired by tented structures used by the Bedouin.
The 12,000 sqm museum will be enclosed by a light weight, camouflaging ‘veil’, giving the building a dynamic, environmentally responsive and functional form.

The project site is located west of the city centre within the planned green belt and is near significant existing and planned public buildings such as the People’s Hall. The museum spaces are partially sunk into the ground and use the surrounding topography to integrate the building into the existing and proposed landscape. This includes a poppy field garden of remembrance that will flank the approach to the main entrance.

Underneath the large shaded canopy, a procession of museum gallery pavilions form and extended landscape, which together with the angled exterior skin provide both enclosed conditioned and open, non-conditioned spaces.

Functionally, the external shell diffuses the heat of the sun and regulates temperatures allowing the public to view all exhibitions in comfort during the harsh summer climate.

Permanent exhibitions will include galleries documenting the country’s historic evolution including the uprising against repression and its history of revolution. The culmination of the museum includes exhibits on reconciliation and remembrance as well as a congress and education centre, which will focus on dialogue, tolerance and communication.

In addition to the main galleries, the museum incorporates a café, museum shop, prayer rooms, library and reading areas, conference rooms, administrative offices, and conservation and storage areas.

Client: ECOU
Executive Architect: CamillinDenny Architects
Structural Engineers: RambollWhitbybird
M&E Engineers: MDA Consulting
Landscape Architects: HED
Construction: Estimated 2009-2011

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