Estudio Herreros’s Long Awaited Award-Winning Munch Museum Finally Open to the Public

Spanish architect firm Estudio Herreros won the Munch Museum Competition’s top prize in 2009. The museum will be open on October 22, 2021. The museum, which has been awaited for many years, will feature a wide range of Norwegian culture and heritage as well as thousands of artifacts by Edvard Munch. It will also present a modern museum concept that emphasizes architecture’s historic responsibility and urban role in Oslo.

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The new structure, which is 13 stories tall and 60 meters high, will be a vibrant center for contemporary culture catering to all demographics. This architecture will be a tribute to Oslo’s original Viking port. It will shift Oslo’s center point towards the intersection with the fiord.

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The museum’s ascending route creates a sense vertical communication. The ground floor, which provides a public gathering space and recreational facilities, connects to the roof, which houses the observatory, terraces and translators of Oslo’s historical strata. As the visitor ascends, the programmatic complexity and facilities of the museum decreases. The ground floor will host the majority of functions, including restaurants, cafes, offices research library, education department, and others. Functions on the top observatory gradually diminish.

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The project was built based on ecologically-conscious criteria, where the structure, ventilation systems, and construction collaborate in accordance with the Passive House concept. Perforated aluminum with different opacities is used to clad the facades. This corresponds to the subtle changes in Oslo’s climate that creates different colors throughout the day.