Arche Nebra is an archeologic centre built as a result of a competition from before 2007. After discovering a 3,600 year old relic – a sky disc made of bronze and inlaid with gold, a need for a new archeologic centre arose. The disc is engraved with a collection of constellations and a symbol of solar barge, representing the daily movement of the sun. Swiss based architects of the Holzer Kobler Architekturen practice commissioned the winning project.
The centre is situated in a picturesque countryside of Wangen, in the Saxony-Anhalt region in Germany. The form of the centre was inspired by the solar barge. The body of the building is covered with yellow anodized aluminium and it appears to levitate above the glass-encased entrance level with a café. The 60-metre-long abstracted ship offers spaces for two exhibition areas and a planetarium.