estudio herreros' new munch museum in oslo set to open this fall

estudio herreros' new munch museum in oslo set to open this fall

designed by spanish architectural firm estudio herreros, the new munch museum by oslo‘s waterfront is set to open this fall. its design is based on the idea of a tower-shaped museum, measuring 60 meters in height. the exterior is clad in recycled, perforated aluminium panels of varying degrees of translucency, while its distinctively leaning top section marks the building a highly visible landmark from all sides. estudio herreros' new munch museum in oslo set to open this fallimages © adrià goula unless stated otherwise

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the foundation stone for estudio herreros’ new munch museum was laid autumn 2016 in oslo’s bjørvika neighborhood, after a long debate on both design and location. ‘edvard munch is about not accepting conventional rules, about fighting against opposition, about never giving up,’ notes juan herreros, founding partner of the spanish architecture practice. ‘the building is there, it has a powerful presence, and it is part of the city. it says, “okay, here I am. I hold the legacy of the most important artist in norway’s history, and I gaze entranced at oslo and the fjord because it is the city and its collective dreams that have built me.”‘

exterior view of estudio herreros' new munch museum in oslo's waterfront



the main functions of the museum are organized vertically along its sixty meters of height, while its distinctively leaning top section transforms the building into a landmark for the area. the large number of gallery spaces allows for wide variations in ceiling heights and room sizes, enabling optimum spaces to be allocated for both permanent and temporary exhibitions. the museum’s collection consists of more than 42.000 works of art and objects that are being moved from the old to the new museum building, while over 220 munch works will be on display at the opening this fall.detail view of the recycled, perforated aluminium panels of the façade



the tower sits on a three-story podium and is divided in two main zones: one static and one dynamic. the static zone is an enclosed concrete structure, which complies with stringent security, humidity and daylight requirements in order to protect the art within. the dynamic zone, which has an open, transparent façade with views over the city, is where visitors can move between the different exhibition areas.

interior view of one of the rooms in the new museum



the project has been planned in accordance with the futurebuilt criteria, where buildings must at least halve their greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional modern buildings. its compact shape, very high-quality windows and partially natural ventilation allow it to achieve the desired energy savings. the museum is built using low-carbon concrete and recycled steel, and its loadbearing structure has been designed with a technical lifetime of 200 years. 


‘the building, its conceptual approach and construction systems, wants to be an expression of the collective engagements of the norwegian society to the environment echoing its present challenges and the desire for innovation that confidently steps forward into a better future,’ adds juan herreros.views of the cityimage © ivar kvaaldetail of the façadeimage © ivar kvaal estudio herreros' new munch museum in oslo set to open this fallimage © ivar kvaal estudio herreros' new munch museum in oslo set to open this fall

estudio herreros' new munch museum in oslo set to open this fall
  • Sou curioso, amante de arte moderna e contemporânea; já fiz uma visita guiada à Operahouse de Oslo e estou ansioso para visitar o novo edifício do Museu Munch, para além das exposições.

    Helder Almeida
    Sep 04, 2020

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