Romsdal Museum Building, Norwegian Mountain Architecture Design, Molde Municipality

Romsdal Museum in Norway

New Norwegian Building, Molde Municipality design by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

11 Aug 2017
Nomination For Romsdalsmuseet in Norwegian Architecture Award 2017

Romsdalsmuseet Molde is amongst twenty building nominations for the 2017 Architecture Award in Norway.

20 Mar 2017

Romsdal Folk Museum Building News

Location: Møre og Romsdal, Norway

Design: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter (RRA)

Romsdal Folk Museum Award Shortlisting

Reiulf Ramstad Architects are proud to announce that the Romsdal Folk Museum in Molde, Norway, has been selected as a finalist for the 5th Annual Architizer A+Award – in the category for Cultural Building / Museum.

Romsdal Folk Museum Norway

Architizer A+Awards is according to the architects the “largest awards program focused on promoting and celebrating the year’s best architecture and products. Its mission is to nurture the appreciation of meaningful architecture in the world and champion its potential for a positive impact on everyday life.”

Romsdal Museum

The Museum is also nominated for The Norwegian Årets trebyggeri 2016 / award for the “Wooden Building of the Year 2016”. Årets trebyggeri is a partnership between Treteknisk, TreFokus and Byggeindustrien/, The winner will be announced during the Annual Norwegian Construction Galla in Oslo on March 29th 2017.

2 Jan 2017

Romsdal Folk Museum Nominated for Mies van der Rohe 2017 Awards

Mies van der Rohe 2017 Award Nominations

4 Feb 2015 + 24 Feb 2016

Romsdal Museum Building

Location: Møre og Romsdal, Norway

Design: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

Romsdal Museum

The Romsdal Folk Museum is an architectonic attraction and a treasured landmark that embodies the history and identity of the entire region. Our intention in this project was to let the structure signal its meaning and function through an architectural expression and the use of local materials. The scale of the building refers to the urbanity and morphology of the town. The overall layout of the museum grounds the connections to the town by linking different surrounding areas in an overall plan where all circulation is linked in a unified structure. The project conveys an open and progressive attitude that makes diverse utilization possible.

Romsdal Museum

The Museum design approach is rooted in rationality and sustainability. The plan geometry is deceptively simple, the characteristic angled shapes are limited to the roof and the external wall, making the circulation and internal organisation clear and flexible. The public areas are clearly separated from the administration wing, which is located on both the ground and first floor. Exhibition rooms, the auditorium and the library are all placed on the ground floor to increase flexibility and user experience. The transparency of the reception room permits supporting internal and external activities. Large sliding doors separate the permanent and temporary exhibition areas, giving the curators the ability to combine or separate the spaces. The archives and workshops are located on the basement level, with the vertical circulation of large items facilitated by a large goods lift.

Romsdal Museum

Pine is the primary building material of the museum. Exterior walls and roof are made of solid timber in combination of steel beam when required. The terrain entailed the use of concrete, however its use was reduce to the foundations. Exterior walls and ceilings covered with maintenance-pine relief tempered with bio-based oil.

Romsdal Museum

Different openings filter the daylight in such way that the internal space are enriched by gradations and translucency nuances. However, the main exhibition rooms are black boxes, giving the curators total control of artificial lightening in these areas. All the glazing units have high-energy performance glass, in some locations with silk printed colours and patterns.

Romsdal Museum

Impact on Nordic society
The Romsdal Folk Museum is a great example of strategic use of low-tech building solutions. It embodies the national policy in Norway to aim for a more sustainable future. The museum is built using Norwegian timber technology and acts as a hub for cultural development.

Romsdal Museum

In this building, the people of Molde as well as visitors and tourists are given the opportunity to connect and to build a wider community. The museum hosts not only exhibits about Norwegian culture but also concerts, workshops and lectures on a day-to-day basis.

Romsdal Museum

The architectural form brings together the region’s folk culture and the area’s characteristic landscape qualities in a larger composition. The range of perspectives and activities ensures a broad audience, with the museum becoming a living centre for the exploration of the region’s history, contemporary culture, and future.

Romsdal Museum

The completed Romsdal Museum complex will become an architectonic attraction and a treasured landmark which embodies a whole region’s history and identity.

Romsdal Museum

The intention is to let the structure signal its meaning and function through an architectural expression and the use of place-specific materials. It should convey an open and progressive attitude that makes diverse utilization possible.

Romsdal Museum

The range of perspectives and activities will ensure a broad audience, with the museum becoming a living center for the exploration of the region’s history, contemporary culture, and even future.

Photography © Erik Hattrem

Romsdal Museum Building – Building Information

type: Culture
location: Molde, Møre og Romsdal, Norway
program: Exhibition and administration building
client: Stiftelsen Romsdalsmuseet
size / value: 3,500 sqm
commission type: Invited competition (2007), 1st prize
status: Under development (scheduled completion 2015)
image credits: MIR, Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

Romsdal Museum

1 Feb 2015

Romsdal Museum Møre og Romsdal

Location: Møre og Romsdal, Norway

Design: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

Building in The Romsdal Valley

Romsdal Museum Møre og Romsdal

Romsdal Museum in Møre og Romsdal

The Romsdal Museum is a museum in the Romsdal district of Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. The museum is based in Molde Municipality, but it has sites all over the region.

Video Feature Of The Romsdal Museum Construction

Address: Per Amdamsvei 4, 6413 Molde, Norway

Phone: +47 71 20 24 60

The new Romsdal Museum construction site has been featured with a video in the regional news of Møre and Romsdal county on NRK. The museum director notes that the general public seems positive about the “strange and distinctive building”.

Romsdal Museum

Finally, the museum will be able to exhibit and properly conserve over 20.000 artifacts and some 1.000.000 photographs. With the new building it will also be an all-year museum, instead of the seasonal opening times since its founding over a hundred years ago.

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Med dette bygget får Romsdalsmuseet et signalbygg som i form og materialbruk har et moderne uttrykk. Massivtre er det viktigste byggematerialet.

Inne i bygget skal museumsgjenstander, arkiv og fotografi, fylkesomfattende fellestjeneste konservering (eget verksted) og areal for faste- og skiftende utstillinger.


Romsdal Museum Building information from Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

Romsdal Museum

The museum was founded by Peter Tønder Solemdal (1876-1963) in 1912 and is one of the largest and most extensive folk museums in Norway. In addition, the museum has a library and several archives for prints, text, and photographs. In 1928, the museum was opened to the public. In the middle of the field is the old “Isdammen”, previously used for ice production. The area contains also of an idyllic lake, which is very popular for the local birds, and a stage space that is used during Moldejazz, the Molde International Jazz Festival. Several houses that are included in a guided tour; Tresfjord Cottage, Holt Cottage, Hammervoll house, and Erik Pålgarden Garden.

source: wikipedia

Location: Molde, Møre og Romsdal, Norway

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