||The project is based on the dialectics of the static (geology/rock) and the dynamie (wind/water) elements.
The African Columns of the Winds: The wooden columns, freely arranged to create rhythm, define the roof level, a site of remembrance. They portray "positive" symbols of life (rernembrance and prospects). As such, they are in sharp contrast to the "negative" shafts and pits of Goree Island.
The Columm of the Winds react to the locations's meteorological characteristics: East-west winds, deportation of the slaves from east to west, movement and sound created by the wind that connects the ocean with the land.
The symbiosis of myth and reality, cult and life, religion and architecture is a characteristic feature of African culture. The project is based on these principles.
The review on history, the continent's tradition as well as the positive start into a new promising era are not only expressed in the formal and esthetical principles of our project but also in the combination of traditional materials and new technologies.
The Hall of Winds: An open, airy construction made of wood defines the entrance to the musem. The empty space leads the visitor into the ramp system and is by itself public space for cultural events.
Light: Sunlight is filtered through a two-level roof into the administrative division and exhibition halls. The upper level consists of a wooden grate of varying density that filters sunlight. The lower level, the actual roof, has skylights to give the rooms a transparent athmospere. A hollow between the two levels enable service as well as diversion of heat by means of draft and suction. Some of the skylights are in the shaded bases of the Colurnns of the Winds. During darkness, they are illuminated artificially from below.