Sogn og Fjordane Kunstmuseum, Norwegian Arts Building, Architect, Design

Sogn & Fjordane Art Museum : Norway Arts Building

Norwegian Museum at Førde design by C. F. Møller Architects, Denmark

9 Nov 2010

Sogn og Fjordane Kunstmuseum

Design: C. F. Møller Architects, Aarhus

Sogn & Fjordane Art Museum

Sogn & Fjordane Art Museum - Førde, Kunstmuseum

The small Norwegian town of Førde draws its qualities from its interaction with the surrounding mountains, which are visible everywhere, and from Jostedalsbreen, the largest glacier on the European mainland, which lies in close proximity to the town.

Førde Museum Building Førde Art Museum Building Norway Arts Building
pictures : Oddleiv Apneseth

The town’s new museum, Sogn & Fjordane Kunstmuseum also draws upon the distinctive landscape for its architectural expression: the museum lies like a crystal-clear block of ice that has slid down from the surrounding mountains.

Sogn & Fjordane Art Museum Building Art Museum Building Førde Museum Building Førde Førde Museum Building
photos : Stein Sandemose Baardsen

The crystalline form provides an asymmetrical plan solution, with varying displacements in the facade. The facade is clad in white glass with a network of angled lines, reminiscent of the fracture lines in ice.

This network also defines the irregular window apertures. In the evening these lines are illuminated, so that the museum lies like a sparkling block in the middle of the town’s darkness.

Building Førde Norwegian Museum Building Førde Building
pictures : Oddleiv Apneseth

Inside, visitors move upwards through the museum’s four floors of exhibition space, and at the top a panoramic view of the mountains can be enjoyed from a roof terrace that can also function as an exhibition space or stage.

Sogn & Fjordane Art Museum Building
photograph : Marit Bendtz

C.F. Møller Architects were also responsible for the design of the SEIF office building which is the museum’s closest neighbour, and for a residential complex on the same site which is presently under construction.

Sogn & Fjordane Art Museum Building
picture : C. F. Møller Architects

Sogn & Fjordane Art Museum – Building Information

Client: Sogn & Fjordane, Futurum AS
Address: Førde, Norway
Architect: C.F. Møller Architects
Construction: Åsen & Øvrelid
Landscape: Schønherr Landskab
Engineers: Hjellnes Consult, Sweco AS, Nord Vest Miljø AS
Size: 3,000 m2
Construction: 2010-12
Prizes: 1st Prize in architectural competition, 2006

Sogn & Fjordane Art Museum, Norway images / information from C. F. Møller Architects

Sogn & Fjordane Art Museum design : C. F. Møller Architects

Location: Førde, Norway, northern Europe

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