Excavating Our Origins

TEAM: Siu Chun Hung, Tony, Chinese, University of Liverpool – Tong, Samuel Ho Yin, British, University of Liverpool – Yiu Chi Ho, Kenny, Chinese, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Traditional museum typologies are strictly protectors of objects and specimens, the preservation and communication of knowledge that exhibited the past.

This project perceives the museum as a theatre of memory and nature; a reinterpretation of the act of remembering, reclaiming influences from the past rather than direct representation from written records, portraying history as a source of inspiration. As though went through a time machine back to the past, viewing the history of humanity from below surface (Presentation Image).

Underground space is a resource of great potential, every cross section marks a specific historical period and time. In search of our roots, the museum is submerged into the earth, interconnected by a sophisticated tunnel system, encouraging self-exploration (Technical Image).

On land, the system penetrates the surface, imagining the future with towers that bring the population down beneath surface, revealing the often forgotten history, neglected due to advancement in technology (Functional Image).

The three images is the catalyst in visualizing the past (layering), present (tunnel) and future (technology) as though slicing a section through the layers of history hidden below. This typology, abandoning the confinement of walls and rooms for the natural environment, creates an interactive space of knowledge and inspiration.

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