The new building of the State Archaeological Museum of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern takes up the traditional archetype of a longhouse in its appearance. In many places around the world over the past millennia, buildings have been erected that have made use of this striking architectural form. The mighty sheltering roof, the amazing clarity of the ground plan and the repetitive structure of the mostly wooden framework have created houses of great symbolism. Picking up on these pictorial associations gives the State Archaeological Museum an independent and specific character. The found image materializes in a scaled façade dress of handmade bricks under a green roof whose grasses move in the harbor wind. By detaching the building from the bank, the museum access can be unbraided from the bridgehead of the new Warnow Bridge. The concise large form of the new building is visible from afar and thus does justice to the public appeal of the State Museum. At the same time, it respects the urban visual axes and the dominance of Rostock's city skyline.