Aceh Tsunami Museum - Indonesia

Tsunami is one of the most devastating natural calamities of the world. In fact, the world saw the havoc it caused in Haiti on January 12, 2010 that claimed thousands of lives and destroyed billions of properties. South East Asia on the other hand is not exempted to this deadly disaster. One such record in particular was the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami that hit Indonesia the hardest.
Because of this, Indonesia constructed a building and named it the "Aceh Tsunami Museum", a symbolic reference to the 2004 tsunami disaster. It is also an emergency disaster shelter and an educational center for prevention of future tsunamis, or in case the area is hit by a tsunami again.

Located in Banda Aceh, this 2,500 m2 four-storey building has images of people dancing the symbolic gesture of Acehnese discipline and religious beliefs called Saman dance decorated on its walls. The floor on the other hand was patterned to the Acehnese peoples' houses that can withstand tsunami, while the roof appears to be a tidal wave (cool). 
The museum was designed by Ridwan Kamil, an Indonesian architect who made sure that victims who died and those that are still alive be given a place in one of the walls of the chambers for their names to be inscribed. 



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