Filipino architect firm designs museum to look like cave from ‘Jurassic Park’

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An artist rendering shows what the partly indoor cafe will look like in the Museum of Indigenous Knowledge. Photo: Kengo Kuma and Associates

Imagine stepping into a prehistoric cave to view cultural artifacts from the same era.

That’s the thinking behind Japanese architectural firm Kengo Kuma & Associates‘ newest Filipino museum, the Museum of Indigenous Knowledge in Manila.

The 97,000 square feet museum is designed to look like something straight out of Jurassic Park with an artificial ravine coursing through the middle.

The exterior is a giant craggy rock that is meant to give the mimic the Neolithic era, which is when the museum’s exhibit begins.

Lush vines and waterfalls will course through the museum, once it’s complete in the Philippine capital.

The forest will open up to the sky, offering an amazing view to museum-goers.

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The exterior of the museum is meant to mimic a prehistoric cave. Photo: Kengo Kuma and Associates

“Based on its concept, we aim to build a natural and organic museum by combining water and green in the cave-shaped space, contrary to the image of museums as closed boxes,” the firm told said in a statement. “It is also an attempt to revive cohabitation of nature and history in the urban environment.”

A restaurant and shop will be located on the ground level, next to the ravine.

The interior walls will have a woven texture with glass balustrades.

The museums will also feature ponds on the highest floor.

“The organic design continues to the highest floor, with village-like architecture appearing on a water pool,” the firm said.

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