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MOKOPANE VISITOR CENTRE + MUSEUM OF PALAEONTOLOGY   

POTGIETERSRUS, SOUTH AFRICA

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THE DESIGN OF THIS BUILDING, SITUATED AMONGST THE REMAINS OF CRUMBLING OLD FARM BUILDINGS ATTEMPTS TO FOCUS VISITOR’S ATTENTION ON THE BEAUTIFUL VALLEY THAT IS SOON TO BE DECLARED A WORLD HERITAGE SITE. AS PEOPLE ARRIVE, THE SLOPING PLANTED ROOFS DRAW ATTENTION TO THE BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAINS BEYOND.

VISITORS MOVE ALONG A NARRATIVE ROUTE THROUGH THE FARM BUILDINGS, FOSSIL PREPARATION AREAS, MUSEUM AND AUDITORIUM AND THE CAVERNOUS INTERIOR SPACES MAKE REFERENCE TO THE FAMOUS HILLSIDE CAVES ON THE FARM, WHERE MILLIONS OF YEAR’S WORTH OF HUMAN HISTORY HAS BEEN RECORDED.

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