Project Tittle : White Stones, Lenggong Valley Visitor Center (2013)
Site : Lenggong Valley, Perak, Malaysia.
Type : Idea Competition
Program : Visitor Center
Project Team : Qhawarizmi Norhisham & Yasmin Rahman
View of the surrounding site from the visitor tower uphill.
The Lenggong Valley is one of Peninsular Malaysia’s most important site for archaeology as it revealed evidence of ancient humans who have lived and hunted in this area. They left stone tools that became one of the most important artifacts that defined the prehistoric narrative of human civilization in Asia.
These stone tools was revealed to be an undisturbed stone tool workshop immediately abandoned by these prehistoric humans due to the volcanic eruption at Lake Toba, Sumatera, some 250km away. White ash clouded Lenggong Valley and forced the natives to leave the valley immediately.
The new Visitor Center, will embody the universal value of Lenggong by reflecting itself with a unique formation of stones, cladded with layers of discovery, colored in shimmering white ash as it too covered Lenggong once long ago.
The need to create space for the public is centered at the main entrance in form of a series of steps which continue at the public square in front of the Visitor Center. This enables the site to not only serve as a tourist attraction but also as a piece of history meant for the people of Lenggong.