The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design




The scale and materials of Trylleesken relate to this very unique location in Oslo. The building will be an architectural landmark in the city and rooted in the local context. It interacts with its surroundings by means of for instance its brick facade, which matches the monk bricks of Akershus as well as the sophisticated brickwork of the City Hall.

The artistic boxes of the floors create a dramatic foyer, which rises as a canyon through the Museum and becomes the grandiose circulation space of the building. The interior of the Museum is an open, bright and floating space, which appears as an integrated part of the facade from the outside.

The foyer takes visitors from the pulsating life of the city to a peaceful and breathtaking view of the city and fjord. Besides enjoying the view from the various plateaus, visitors can take a look into the exhibitions. The artistic boxes are connected by means of interior stairs, which create alternative, inner flows between the floors.

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Project facts

Project facts

Location: Oslo, Norway
Client: Statsbygg
Gross floor area: 54,000 m2
Year of design: 2009 - 2010
Type of assignment: Third prize in open, international competition
Project team: Troels Troelsen (Project Manager), Filip Francati, Daria Barnas and Charlotte Søderhamn Nielsen
Other participating employees: Birte Bæk, Viggo Haremst, Erik Holm-Hansson, Peter Koch, Signe Kongebro, Peter Krogtoft, Anders Park, Christian Schjøll and Jakob Strømann-Andersen

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Press Release: Henning Larsen Architects among Winning Teams in Norway

Press Release: Henning Larsen Architects among Winning Teams in Norway

Henning Larsen Architects is one of the three winners of the international architectural competition for the new National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Norway. At a press conference in Oslo on Monday 12 April 2010, the three winners were announced. The third prize was won by Henning Larsen Architects. The second prize went to Jaja...



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  • Oslo, Norway


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