The Bihar Museum, Patna

The Bihar Museum is the winning entry of an international architecture competition in 2011. Located in Patna, the capital city of the east Indian state of Bihar, the history museum is intended to display the rich artifacts of the region.
Situated on an extensive site of 5.6ha, the low-slung building contains a complex program while preserving prominent trees through an organization based on a campus with dispersed buildings. The exhibition space, children’s museum, entry foyer, and administrative center each have a distinct form, connected in between via arcades and courtyards.
The sequence of the exhibition spaces provides a chronological narrative of India’s history through an alternating experience of diverse interior and exterior spaces.
Given the rich tradition of metal making in India, Corten Steel is featured prominently on the facades, complemented with terracotta and other local materials of Bihar; the building symbolically links the past and the future through its materiality.

Location: Bihar, India
Completion Date: 2017
Building Type: Museum
Structural System: Reinforced Concrete, Steel
Number of Floors: [Gallery, Entrance, Children's Museum] 2 Stories            [Administration] 4 Stories
Site Area: 56,250m²
Building Area: 19,000m²
Total Floor Area: 24,000m²
Architect of Record: Opolis
Structural Engineer: Mahendra Raj Consultants
Mechanical / Electrical Engineer: Design Bureau Consulting Engineers / P.T. Morimura & Associates
■ Notes
Programming/Master Planning/Exhibition Design:Lord Cultural Resources
Lighting Design:AWA Lighting Designers
Landscape Design:Ohtori Consultants Inc.Environmental Design Institute/
Forethought Design Consultants
■ Publication
a+u:2012.7 Special Issue
■ Awards / Competition
First Prize, open competition (2011)