Munch Museum and new residential district - Oslo, Norway
Connecting the city to nature
CLIENT: HAV Eiendom
VALUE: € 30,000,000.00
The area associated with the new Munch Museum has at its core one simple intention: to connect the city to nature, nature to the city. It conceives the area as a series of interconnected loops of activity. Using a ribbon as its main device, the Museum emerges from its site in a smooth, continuous gesture that connects people to the natural atmosphere of the fjord as well as to the city of Oslo.
The ribbons enclose various spaces and activities like intimately wellscaled public spaces, surprising museum galleries, and tidal pools that fluctuate with the time of day as well as with seasons. It is a simple but dynamic act that will create a new, active character along the waterfront—a new identity for Oslo.
The Munch Museum is an extension of the area's ribbon gesture.
In the museum, these ribbons become enclosed gallery 'tubes' of varying height and width. As a result, the ribbon galleries form loops around a variety of open-air courtyards, lofty interior gallery voids, and spaces from which to enjoy the natural and urban environments. Public spaces are placed in a way that allows everyone to enjoy different combinations of city-related activities and recreation in nature.
The ground level of the housing component is entirely activated by commercial program, including bars, cafes, and restaurants. Balancing this mix is the Munch Museum's own Shop and Restaurant. The housing also follows the idea of the ribbon or loop, but in a different approach as with the Museum. Housing units form smaller rings, or elevated, human-scale neighborhoods. These housing rings also surround courtyards, which are connected by a continuous series of gardens, semi-private outdoor space for the residents. Natural wood screens and gently stepping balconies provide a warm character for the facades, creating a new identity and housing type for Olso's waterfront living.