Alex MacDonald

The city of Mons lies at the heart of a geologically rich area which has been exploited by various means and peoples since the Neolithic period. The rich nature of these sedimentary layers has acted as a catalyst for a culturally diverse mining heritage. Informed by research and a spatial exploration of these mining typologies, the built context - a museum of mining and innovation - manifests itself as a spatial matrix not simply restricted to the spatial characteristics of each typology but as a pragmatic exploration of the representation of hollow structures resultant of a process of excavation. The built form concludes with a series of geological and archaeological research laboratories constituting the final level. Aspiring to build on the technological innovations of its mining past whilst seeking new areas of exploration for future generations.

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