This is a project by Office 25 Architects and it is located at Vestbanen, Oslo, Norway. Project's program: Museum. There are twelve images for Oslo Museum of Modern Art and Architecture.
The team of architects investigated how such a building would affect the image of the city, what functions would be convenient for such a building, how the picture of this museum would penetrate the collective unconscious of city residents, whether the building would become a meeting point or a destination for those in Oslo. Such a project is of supralocal importance and is actually an international landmark. It is a tourist attraction on its own and should make proud the city and its residents.
Issues such as how works of art are to be exhibited, the subsequent commercial exploitation, the conservation potential, the potential to host and exhibit large installations and modern ways of expression, have all been investigated in this solution and we aspire that one day art will be produced particularly for this building. Another important aspect we had to take into account was the educational character of the building. To design a “work of art” to exhibit works of art is our ambition and vision for the Norwegian Museum of Modern Art and Architecture.
Our aim is to create a point of reference, for the area of the port while approaching the site from a distance. Thus, we designed a building that would stand due to its unique shape without making reference to any other building. We wished to provide a form of originality, the sense of a start (sketch of the museum from a distance). Our approach is aiming at something unique. This is a rather artful than strictly architectural approach. Our inspiration was the view of icebergs from a distance. This is a picture that people in the Arctic Circle are familiar with, as well as a stereotypic picture of beauty in the Norwegian landscape for people all over the world.
2010 A' Design Award in Architectural and Building Design