Kurdistan Museum

hsd, with Studio Daniel Libeskind, has unveiled designs for the proposed Kurdistan Museum to be built in Erbil. The new museum will be the first major cultural centre documenting the Kurdish people’s struggle for self-determination and will provide community facilities where Kurdish history and culture can be researched, recorded and celebrated.

Through our work in the Middle East, Europe and North America, we have built a reputation of being able to explore cultural conflict and identity with a sensitive yet compelling approach.  The integration of audio, large-scale still and moving images along with objects of ethnic, personal and historical significance, in a multi-lingual context, has demanded an interpretive response that cuts across traditional generational barriers.

At the core of the project is the Memory Programme that has been recording and collecting personal testimonies from the Kurdish community. New technologies will enable visitors to access this powerful body of first-person testimony throughout the museum experience.


  • Experience Masterplanning
  • Operational and tourist plan
  • 3D modelling and conceptual fly-through
  • Interpretative coordination /
    content development
  • Media scoping and development
  • Multi-lingual experience design


  • Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan

So many projects worldwide are set in the context of contested histories and ethnic and cultural conflict and museums provide an objective arena for expressing differing perspectives and facing difficult truths.

Alisdair Hinshelwood, hsd Director and Designer