The impressive Alésia Museum and Archaeological Park by Bernard Tschumi Architects sits on hallowed ground in the Burgundy region of France—specifically the site of a battle between Julius Caesar and the Gauls during the Gallic Wars (circa 50 BC). Both sides involved in the scorched earth campaign are represented and the structure sits within view of a medieval town.
What we see in the gallery above is an “interpretation center” which opened earlier this year and seeks to represent Caesar’s camping army. Part two—scheduled to wrap in 2015—will feature a separate museum situated on the Gaul’s turf over a kilometer away. Given the effective and haunting aura created by phase one, we imagine the finished project will inspire in a multitude of ways.