The Archaeological Museum in Bari . C.F. Møller. Photo: C.F. Møller

The Archaeological Museum in Bari

The competition task was to create a new archaeological museum for the popular old tourist town of Bari by restoring, renovating and extending a number of existing buildings: the preserved convent and church of Santa Scolastica, and an archaeological park.
 The Archaeological Museum in Bari . C.F. Møller. Photo: C.F. Møller


Provincia di Bari


Bari, Italy


3,000 m² rebuilding and 5,000 m² extension




Meneghella e Di Tria engineers


C.F. Møller Architects in collaboration with architect Lucia Di Noto, Rome, and professor and dean of the faculty for literature and philosophy at Seconda Università di Napoli Stefania Gigli

Collaborators, other

Architect Massimo Uriati, Thora Fisker

  • 4th prize in international architectural competition. 2007

In order to unite the dissimilar buildings, the project proposes the construction of a new tower which will provide the museum with a new identity of its own. For the same reason, a former courtyard will be roofed with glass and transformed into a foyer which, together with several new building volumes, will unite the complex in a single flow.

The project also proposes a promenade which will wind from the garden, with its ongoing archaeological excavations, past the museum and up into the tower, so that not only the museum's visitors, but also the town's citizens, can have history presented to them as they pass through the town.

The new buildings possess a modern geometry, but the material is natural stone from Bari, which harmonises naturally with the original. The relief pattern of the facades adds a sense of identity to the new property, while at the same time creating a subdued illumination indoors which is appropriate for the atmosphere of an archaeological museum.

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