‘Nuraghi’ are the megalithic, domed buildings in Sardinia and souvenirs of the island´s distinctive “Nuragic” culture dating back before 1500 BC. Today many of the 8000 existing archaic stone towers have been restored and Su Nuraxi di Barumini, one of the most important archaeological sites, has even become part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
Last year the construction of a Museum of Nuragic Culture and Contemporary Art started, with the London-based Zaha Hadid Architects winning the competition ahead of other prestigious entries by well-known international architects.
An extraordinary submission was the design of the Florence-based architects Archea Associati. Their monolithic building with its central opening open to the sky is a clear reference to original Nuragic architecture.