The city of Patna in India is now home to a new art and cultural space — the Bihar Museum. Designed by Maki and Associates, the museum houses a rich variety of art treasures from the region, and includes event and education spaces that “nurture a newfound sense of pride and connection to Bihar’s storied history,” noted ArchDaily.
Located on a 5.3-hectare plot along Bailey Road, the space has been designed by Maki and Associates as a “campus” with interconnected landscape of buildings and exterior spaces, in response to the site’s low-scale surroundings and lush tree growth. Each program zone has been given a distinct presence and all zones are interconnected through interior and exterior courtyards and corridors.
The museum design weaves the natural environment within the “campus,” creating a rich visual experience for the visitors and capturing the change in seasons. The use of weathered steel on the museum’s exterior creates a vibrant contrast to the green surroundings and also tips a hat to India’s historical achievements in metallurgy.
The museum aspires to create a lasting educational impact, especially for the children of Bihar, through world-class permanent and temporary exhibits. Maki and Associates won the project in an International competition in 2011, beating entries from Coop Himmelblau, Norman Foster and Partners, Snohetta, and Studio Daniel Libeskind.