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Competition: The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo

Competition: The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo

In collaboration with the architecture firm SPACEGROUP (NO),  we participated in the open planning and design competition for a major expansion of the 192o’s Viking Ship Museum designed by Norwegian architect Arnstein Arneberg. The museum is located on Oslo’s Bygdøy peninsula and it contains a large collection of Viking period objects as well as three boats.

Vision. Complimenting the strong form of the existing Viking Ship Museum, the new museum is a worthy counterpart, exploring the contrasts between building and nature, between controlled and uncontrolled spaces, between object and subject. Our vision is to build a future culture of the museum that is not predicated on in or out, but inclusive, urban, collective, occupied, and inviting.

Urban. Like the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the museum is an invaluable public space and important actor in the urban iconography of the city. Our vision for the new Viking Age Museum makes space for the non-designed, non-programmed, and unknowns of the city.

The plan. Offering many possible combinations of movements through the galleries and hence stimulating dynamic relationships between the many different visitors. Flexibility in circulation is essential to the success of the contemporary museum.

Architecturally. The contrast of spaces with different prerequisites should reflect the Vikings narrative, as surprising as the world explored, and at the same time the values at home.

Historical preservation.  We want to create a situation where the new and old merge effortlessly together, building a new identity without either compromising the other.

The competition was organized by state building company “Statsbygg.”  In total, 110 participants  submitted applications from all over the world.

Source: Space Group (www.spacegroup.no)

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