Oslo’s new photomuseum –
a symbiosis of culture, water and nature
VALRYGG has developed a competition proposal for Oslo’s new photomuseum where we challenged the programme of the competition, and created a holistic design with a focus on the people and sustainable urban environment.
Our vision is to create a path that leads you from the Opera and onto new adventures – through a beach with outdoor activities, to a dense and wild forrest and onto a 360-degree visual experience, where you get to feel the movement and roughness of the water on a new large floating island.
Museum and urban development
Think again, Oslo –
change is needed
Oslo City has been named European Environmental Capital 2019, the best city in terms of environmental awareness and green spaces. The city is rich in nature, water and has the most beautiful surroundings – both in terms of the mountains, the forest, and the fjord. Oslo holds a historic industrial port that is now being developed into the most attractive mixed use area in Norway, called Bjørvika.
The Opera is today the main attraction and the pumping heart of the city – as an extension to this, the new Photomuseum will be placed, as well as the city’s beach – a new attraction for the city that will attract many tourists and the Norwegian people. It is a place for people of all ages – open, diverse and inclusive and adds vibrant life to the city.
We wish to add something Oslo does not know that they need!
The debate concerning the competition has inspired us to ask some questions some of which are – who benefits from the area Sugarbite? – is it for those who use it every day or for the tourists? And how can you possibly benefit from both?
Our vision is to connect the whole area on a larger scale and not only design a photomuseum. Bjørvika should become a robust and beautiful area that attracts and connect the central city towards the fjord. We, therefore, want, among other things, to create free spaces for the people who use the harbor, every day, whether it is as a transport route, leisure, job, culture or entertainment.
The wild, maintenance-free activity area –
the city’s beach
The city’s beach will be a new attraction for the city, but in addition to being a beach, it will offer a new cafe, different activities, exhibition area for art and photography, and an arrival area for the people visiting the museum.
Biological diversity and outdoor life –
the city’s forest
We want to promote a sustainable healthy life where green, clean, innovative and ambitious goals are prioritized. In the city’s forest, there will be fresh air, nature that moves in the wind, space for mankind to clear one’s head, room for animals and flourishing biodiversity. We wish to give back, back to the people of Oslo – those who live in a dense urban context and miss the forest and nature need freedom of everyday living.
Bring Oslo back to the water –
The people’s island
Like a rock in the water with a warm welcoming inside, we have drawn ‘Folket’s øya’, the people’s island – a beautiful architectural building that promotes the future wishes for a green harbor expansion, by building on the water. With its round shape, it provides a 360-degree visual experience of the harbor.
The building is open to all and the new Photo Museum will be a part of the experience as the new cultural magnet in the port of Oslo. The Photo Museum is thus not just a museum with a purpose, but a link between two port areas, connected by an adventure pathway.
Public and private zones –
shaped by the pathway
The building is shaped by the pathway and divides the building into public and private zones. Along the pathway, you meet the public facilities, those who invite you to enter or sit by the cafe to enjoy a coffee.
The first thing you meet when you enter the building is a reception, wardrobe, bookstore, and cafe – a ramp will then lead you down to the exhibition. The exhibition area is constantly evolving and is designed as a dynamic area that is flexible. Few windows allow the staff to utilize many of the surfaces for installations, art, and photographies – it also enhances the experience of being at level with the ocean and allows us to design specific frames of Oslo and the ocean that constantly change.