Norway National Musem by Kleihues + Schuwerk in Oslo, Norway - Photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of the National Museum.

Norway National Musem by Klaus Schuwerk in Oslo, Norway – Photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of the National Museum.

Architecture – From June 11, 2022, visitors are invited to explore the Norway National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design. Architect Klaus Schuwerk has created the setting of over 5000 works, from medieval tapestries to modern design classics and artworks – including Edward Munch’s The Scream  and the museum’s ultimate acquisitions.

Norway National Musem by Kleihues + Schuwerk in Oslo, Norway - Photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of the National Museum.

Photo by Iwan Baan.

The building also includes a spectacular space for temporary exhibitions – the Light Hall situated on the roof – as well as a large open-air roof terrace, cafés, a shop, and the largest art library in the Nordic region. Built by Norway’s government building commissioner Statsbygg “the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design gets on two levels into relation with the city’s existing structure.” Explains Klaus Schuwerk.

Norway National Musem by Kleihues + Schuwerk in Oslo, Norway - Photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of the National Museum.

Photo by Iwan Baan.

The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design gets on two levels in relation to the city’s existing structure. With two existing buildings on the site, the museum creates a new entrance courtyard on the ground level, introducing the museum with sculptures and creating an external area for the cafe.

Norway National Musem by Kleihues + Schuwerk in Oslo, Norway - Photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of the National Museum.

Photo by Iwan Baan.

The museum has a similar eave height as the neighboring buildings. Seen from the pier, the various parts of the building are arranged offset/staggering up to the higher horizontal element of the alabaster hall. On this second level, the museum relates to the surrounding cityscape, such as Oslo city hall and the Akershus Fortress.

Norway National Musem by Kleihues + Schuwerk in Oslo, Norway - Photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of the National Museum.

Photo by Iwan Baan.

Visitors enter the museum through a spacious foyer from two sides. Here there are direct connections to the exhibitions as well as the café and the bookstore. The library and the auditorium are close to the central and side entrances. They are also arranged around a reflecting pool, which illuminates the reading room.

Norway National Musem by Kleihues + Schuwerk in Oslo, Norway - Photo by Ina Wesenberg, courtesy of the National Museum.

Photo by Ina Wesenberg.

Broad steps lead from the foyer to the first floor. The halls and small rooms are arranged around a central sculpture atrium, connected to the terrace and the recessed gardens on the roof. The top floor is the alabaster hall, which seems to be placed on the stone plinth of the first two floors. With its magical light, the hall is not an ordinary exhibition space – it is an inspiring space for artists and the symbol of the new museum.

Norway National Musem by Kleihues + Schuwerk in Oslo, Norway - Photo by Annar Bjørgli, courtesy of the National Museum.

Photo by Annar Bjørgli.

Broad steps lead from the foyer to the first floor. The halls and small rooms are arranged around a central sculpture atrium, connected to the terrace and the recessed gardens on the roof. The top floor is the alabaster hall, which seems to be placed on the stone plinth of the first two floors. With its magical light, the hall is not an ordinary exhibition space – it is an inspiring space for artists and the symbol of the new museum.

Norway National Musem by Kleihues + Schuwerk in Oslo, Norway - Photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of the National Museum.

Photo by Iwan Baan.

The new museum is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% compared to current building standards. “We are inviting visitors to join us and have a look inside while the art is being mounted and the museum is taking shape,” says Karin Hindsbo, Director of the museum.

Norway National Musem by Kleihues + Schuwerk in Oslo, Norway - Photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of the National Museum.

Photo by Iwan Baan.

All photos: courtesy of Norway National Museum.