REX architecture: awarded second prize for munch museum, oslo
REX architecture: awarded second prize for munch museum, oslo REX architecture: awarded second prize for munch museum, oslo
apr 17, 2009

REX architecture: awarded second prize for munch museum, oslo

munch museum ‘yin yang’ proposal by REX architecture image courtesy REX architecture

continuing our coverage of the international competition to design the munch museum in olso norway, here is the second prize winning proposal by REX architecture.

their ‘yin yang’ concept offers complete flexibility without increasing operational costs by providing built in tools. the galleries are arranged into an array of eight, distinct typologies, each with its own proportions, materiality, lighting, circulation, and form of flexibility. while a museum with a single gallery type requires great expense to transform itself, the array’s range of galleries guarantees curatorial freedom regardless of budgetary constraints.

the yin yang proposal for the new munch museum wraps all unticketed spaces into a public ‘ring’ around the galleries. rather than imposing a fixed procession on curators and patrons, this organization provides independent access to each gallery, or a procession through any plausible combination of galleries. the public ring includes shops, lecture hall, an auditorium, café, restaurant, education spaces, and sponsors lounges which doubles as the main circulation for the galleries, fostering new, dynamic relationships between the two and increasing area efficiency. further, by placing its installation room—with direct connection to the storage, conservation, and receiving areas—into the center of the galleries, yin yang minimizes art handling distances.

night view image courtesy REX architecture

image courtesy REX architecture

image courtesy REX architecture

‘yin yang’ diagram of museum proposal image courtesy REX architecture

eight typologies with a budget image courtesy REX architecture

various ways the museum galleries can be arranged image courtesy REX architecture

image courtesy REX architecture

museum entrance image courtesy REX architecture

image courtesy REX architecture

level 1 image courtesy REX architecture

ground level image courtesy REX architecture

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