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28 Sep 2012

Astrup Fearnley Museet Oslo

Design: Renzo Piano Building Workshop with Narud Stokke Wiig architects

Oslo’s Astrup Fearnley Museum reopens

The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Contemporary Art is to reopen on 29 September in Tjuvholmen, the newest arts district of Oslo.

Previously located at Dronningensgtate 4 for 18 years, the privately owned museum is now part of the new Icon Complex, developed by Selvaag Gruppen and Aspelin-Ramm Gruppen, and designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Narud Stokke Wiig architects.

Astrup Fearnley Museet - Oslo Museum
image © Nic Lehoux

The new Icon Complex, part of the wider Tjuvholmen development, comprises an art museum, office building and a culture centre, all constructed on reclaimed land. The three buildings are covered by a striking double-curved roof – a design inspired by a bicycle tyre – that slopes down to touch the landscape. The roof is made up of over 2,000 unique panes of glass that allow natural light to illuminate the exhibition spaces.

Astrup Fearnley Museum
photo © Nic Lehoux

Arup provided specialist lighting input for all gallery areas of the complex, with a focus on providing an integrated approach to daylight and electric lighting use. We also provided daylight design services for all areas of the project, which included the office building and the interior atrium.

To mark the reopening of the museum, an exhibition entitled “To be with art is all we ask” will be launched, featuring selected works from the Astrup Fearnley Collection.

Astrup Fearnley Museum Astrup Fearnley Museum Norway Astrup Fearnley Museum Building
photos © RPBW

Project Director Arfon Davies said: “Daylight in Norway, particularly in the winter months, is precious. With this in mind, we designed a roof system that allows as much winter sun in as possible and, through a series of layers, diffuses and redirects this light for use inside the gallery. The roof system effectively provides the opportunity for people to see more exhibits in daylight and the reduction in the use of electric lighting results in significant energy savings.”

The new Astrup Fearnley Museet information from Arup

4 Jul 2012

The new Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo

Design: Renzo Piano Building Workshop / Narud Stokke Wiig architects

From 1 January Astrup Fearnley Museet has closed its current premises in Dronningensgate. On 29 September 2012 the Museum reopens at Tjuvholmen in Oslo, in a new museum building designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano.

On the top of the museum’s new building architect Renzo Piano has created a double arched glass roof that filters daylight into the main exhibition space for temporary exhibitions in a very special way.

The result is that the art on display get exceptionally good light conditions. When standing on the mezzanine in the main exhibition space, you get a very good sense of this.

The new Astrup Fearnley Museet information from Astrup Fearnley Museet

Renzo Piano + Narud Stokke Wiig


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