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Archeopark Pavlov | Pavlov, Czech Republic

The building of the Archeopark in Pavlov completed in 2016 looks just like an archeological excavation field from above: the majority of the museum is situated underground with just the white concrete towers projecting above the ground. Here comes the latest episode of our PACE X HYPEANDHYPER series, starring Archeopark Pavlov, a place worth exploring.

Grey blocks reminiscent of limestone rocks on a meadow—at first glance, that’s all that is visible from the Archeological Museum in Pavlov, which has put the village and its vicinity on the list of the world’s leading archeological sites. The building, designed by Radko Kvet and handed over in 2016, conjures up pre-historic times and archeological excavations with its simple visuality in visitors long before they would actually get to the relics.

Behind the “façade”, which means the tops of the white concrete towers in this case, the interior of the building is dominated by concrete. In the museum covering a total of 500 square meters, the goal was to evoke the atmosphere of caves—the inclined, grey concrete walls serve this purpose, too, while being typical contemporary elements at the same time, and the main entrance also resembles a cave mouth.

At the exhibition, the main emphasis is on the everyday life of the hunters of the Paleolithic era as well as their art and rituals, presented with a combination of traditional museum displays and contemporary audiovisual technology. 

In our PACE X HYPEANDHYPER serieswe showcase a prominent contemporary public building from the Central Eastern European region each week. 

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