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Naga Museum Site

David Chipperfield
Museum, Public space
Naga Museum Site
© David Chipperfield Architects

David Chipperfield:

“As architects, we now can make computer images which look so real. In fact, we’ve designed a building in Sudan and we have posted a computer rendering of it online. People keep saying to me, ‘I’d love to go and see the building in Sudan, how do I get there?’ I say, ‘Well, we haven’t built it yet.’ They think they’ve seen photographs of it but it’s just a computer image. The problem with this is that we can give stronger images of how a building might look, and that pushes us to create, pushes the profession to create a more noticeable product.”

About the Naga Museum Site:

Naga is an ancient city in modern-day Sudan. Only accessible via sand tracks, it sits about fifty kilometres east of the Nile and is a three-hour drive from Khartoum. It is one of the largest historic sites in the country and contains the ruins of an ancient city that was once one of the centres of the Kingdom of Meroë. The site is at the foot of the Jebel Naga mountain, situated near a wadi (a desert valley) with an artesian well nearby to which Bedouin herders bring their flocks to drink. Apart from a small watch house and a temporary archaeologists’ building, the area appears completely unspoiled. 

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