Origins Hall of the MSA 2017

Origins Centre 2017

The Origins Centre is the world’s only museum dedicated to exploring and celebrating the history of modern humankind. The Museum provides visitors with a unique experience of Africa’s rich, complex heritage and boasts an extensive collection of rock art from the Wits Rock Art Research Institute.

The aim of the project is to explore and deliver design solutions on the subject of the Middle Stone Age. This will take the form of redesigning portions of the entrance hall exhibit as well as conceptualising a space and interactive areas concerning Blombos Cave (Cave Quest).

The focus of this project is on the innovations of Middle Stone Age period in southern Africa. The archaeology of this period reflects a plethora of new and innovative items that have helped archaeologists understand the timing and location of the development of complex (or ‘modern’) human behavior. Blombos Cave is an extremely significant MSA site that has produced phenomenal archaeological material. This project links up with a new museum and interpretative centre that is being built in the De Hoop Nature Reserve, on the southern Cape coast. The opening of the De Hoop Human Origins Centre is planned for 2018.


The aim of the project was to explore design solutions for the upscale and refurbishment of spaces and pause areas in the origins museum, mainly the hall of the MSA.

The feel and context of the new design connects with the new wing too, to create flow throughout the entire museum.


Areas we considered and designed:

  • Entrance – The hall of the MSA
  • Origins filming Room
  • Eland Room
  • Trance Room
  • Spirit Room


Our aim is to explore and produce an aesthetically pleasing design to create a feeling of authenticity to the Museum. Our concept is to define the spaces and pause areas through authentic materials such as wood and stone. It is anticipated to create this atmosphere through the design style of the seating and spaces that are interactive throughout the MSA Museum.