The winning entries in the architectural contest for design plans for a new Viking Museum on Bygdøy in Oslo have been selected.
111 design plans have competed in Statsbygg open plan and design contest for the new Viking museum.
– The proposals for new Viking Age Museum is a very important milestone on the road towards a new modern museum building. A new Viking Age Museum means the public gets to experience Norway’s most important contribution to world heritage in a much better setting, the Headmaster of the University of Oslo, Ole Petter Ottersen, said.
– A larger narrative
First place in the competition goes to the Danish AART architects for the entry “Boathouse”, while second place goes to JA JA Architects in collaboration with Coast studio for “The Viking Age again.” Third place goes to the concept of “Fathom” of the Architecture factory in Trondheim. Statsbygg will now be responsible for the next steps in this process.
– The winning entries allow for the Viking ships to be turned into a bigger story about Vikings. They ensure that Viking collection can be secured for the future, giving a wider audience a better opportunity to experience this amazing cultural heritage, the keeper of the Museum of Cultural History, Håkon Glørstad, says .
Three times as large
An area of 13,000 square meters has been set aside for the project , out of which 9,300 square meters will be used for new buildings. The new museum will be three times as large as the present Viking Ship Museum.
The general manager of Public Construction Development Bjørne Grimsrud has led the nine-strong jury which evaluated the submitted entries, which were anonymised in order to ensure that the evaluation of the jury was fair and impartial.
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