There is a new museum in the Paracas National Reserve, in the Peruvian province of Perú. Designed by the Lima office headed by Sandra Barclay and Jean Pierre Crousse, the new building replaces the old one devoted to Paracas culture, which was demolished by the serious damages incurred by the earthquake of 2007.
Paracas was home to a civilization that developed on the south coast of the central Andes in the period 800 BC to 200 AD. It was in the nearby hills that the Peruvian archaeologist Julio C. Tello found important ceramic and textile vestiges. Particularly impressive in quality and beauty are the bales of fabric used to wrap the mummies with drilled craniums that were buried in the desert sand.
The rectangular and compact volume is fragmented into two parts built with pozzolan cement, which is salt-resistant and takes on a reddish tone resembling the surrounding landscape. Inside, the circulations combine a labyrinthine route with large spaces. The roof uses conchuela – a local material that serves as thermal insulation – and incorporates an ‘environmental regulator device’ to control natural light and ventilation. In the upper part of the device, the atmospheric depression produced by the higher temperature sucks in hot air from the rooms by means of wind vents.
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