Archaeolink Visitor Centre
The design combines an experience of the landscape of the site together with a circuit of indoor and outdoor exhibitions. The building has a grass roof rising as a conical hill over the exhibition galleries providing a platform from which to view local sites. The land is “folded” to form a sunken courtyard and entrances, with glass walls providing light and views to the restaurant and shop within; a building made of grass and glass.
Taking advantage of the large thermal mass of surrounding earth, the building has a very low energy consumption topping up heat losses by solar heat gain through the glass walls.
The Centre opened to the public early in the Summer of 1997 and in April of 1998 the Archaeolink Visitors Centre was recognised for its lead in innovation and creativity with its inclusion as the only building out of 202 Millennium Products announced by the Design Council.