The Jordan National Museum is harbored within the cultural spine in downtown Amman; a linear development planned to revitalize the historic area through creating a cultural urban pause amidst the crowded downtown and establishing new urban links to unrelated parts of the city.
The museum attempts to "tell the story". Narration begins upon sight; through an extensive ceremonial plaza, visitors perceive two grounded masses. Inclined and varied stone walls compose bold layered facades, resembling earth stratum of carved mountains of hilly Amman. The layering and solidity imply mystery and curiosity and urge visitors to unveil the walls and explore further. As the stone walls rise, the stone layers become softer and chiseled; representing the progress of man and his craftsmanship. This transformation of stone materials culminates with a glass cube as the far most technological evolvement.
Although connected by a bridge at the first level, separation of both masses on ground level was intended to allow for independent entrances and to generate diverse public interactions. A main courtyard leads to the entrances and acts as an intermediate space between masses and a platform for open-air events.
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Exhibition spaces are varied into permanent and temporary galleries in the main mass, and one-on-one theaters and thematic exhibitions in the orientation plaza. Interiors adapt flexibility and neutrality to allow for expressiveness of space through the content of different exhibits.
Balancing all elements of the built and the perceived environment results in an ordering of exhibit space, cultural content and social relationships that lead to a continuous and varied interactions with the curious visitor; intriguing him to experience Jordanian history and culture in a lively contextual setting. And the story continues to be told; where building and content become the "story teller".