The Estudio Herreros architecture studio has completed a 13-story museum building dedicated to the work of artist Edvard Munch, which will represent a new landmark in the Oslo skyline.
The Oslo waterfront building will house the world's largest collection of works by the artist best known for painting “The Scream” (or, to be exact, “The Screams”). The Munch Museum will occupy a prominent position on the waterfront adjacent to the Oslo Opera House: it will not be a tall building, about 57 meters, but it will still be 5 times larger than the original Munch museum.
And it worries me at least as much as the works of the great artist.
It seems there to fall: the scream comes to me, other than Munch
The Munch museum will offer visitors over 26.000 square meters of exhibition space across its 13 floors, with the latter containing an observation deck overlooking the city.
Greeting people both day and night, the Munch Museum will give residents and visitors an overview and orientation within the city, surrounding mountains and the Oslo FjordJuan Herreros, chief architect Estudio Herreros
The angular shape of the building seems to extend towards the nearby opera house and the historic city center. The module aims to present a welcome gesture that invites visitors to enter at any time of the day. Only to me it looks like it's about to come down, doesn't it?
A museum organized by height
At the base of the Munch museum a podium structure with recreational, commercial and cultural spaces that will be used to host events such as concerts, conferences or workshops for children. The main functions of the museum are organized by height, with a vertical circulation guiding visitors from the hall through the exhibition spaces and to the terraces, the observation deck and the restaurant on the top floor.
The new Munch proposes to experience art within a larger set of public spaces and social experiences. The museum is transformed into a structure of everyday life
Munch Museum: different heights, different works
Alongside the extensive exhibits dedicated to Munch's work, the museum will feature spaces that trace Oslo's history over the centuries. Different points of view on each level will express the link between the artist and his hometown. The gallery spaces are designed to display artwork of very different scales. The 11 exhibition halls include intimate rooms to showcase smaller works on paper, while huge paintings such as the 11,5-meter-wide Alma Mater mural will be displayed in galleries with ceilings up to seven meters high.
The building is wrapped in a “skin” made up of recycled and perforated aluminum panels with different levels of transparency. However, recycled materials are used throughout the building, which not surprisingly meets Passive House standards.
The Munch Museum will open to the public on October 22, 2021. Alongside the artist's works, it will host temporary exhibitions by Norwegian and international artists influenced by his work.