Origins Interior Cave 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.

HOW WE HELPED

Our Aim was to create a functional space that emphasized the Blombos Cave and its findings along with nature and how it interacted with the people of the Middle Stone Age.

WHAT WE DID

We produced:

  • Ocher rock art
  • Artificial Flooring
  • Excavation cave

What Makes Our Design Human Centred

  • The base of the design is centred around children and their interests
  • Efficient ways of integrating education with activities were deeply considered.
  • The given space was used to its utmost capacity along with significant details on the ceiling and floor.
  • Consideration towards management and maintenance of space was constantly reviewed.
  • Health and Safety was kept in check