(Last Updated On: October 23, 2020)

The renewal of Oslo will continue for several years to come. Learn more about some of the upcoming buildings and areas – perhaps you’ll get to see some of them in the making!

Lambda – the new Munch Museum

Background

World-famous painter Edvard Munch willed all of his works still in his possession to the municipality of Oslo. The donation amounted to about 28 000 paintings, sketches, photographs and sculptures. It has long been clear that their current home, Oslo’s Munch Museum, is insufficient both with respect to displaying and maintaining this collection. 


In 2008, Oslo’s city council decided to build a new museum for Munch’s art and the Stenersen art collection in Bjørvika. An architectural competition for the new museum was announced, and in 2009 an international jury named as the winner Spanish architect Juan Herreros’ proposal Lambda.

The building

Lambda is pitched as a 12-story tall building that stands on a 3-story base. The base will contain different public services. The vertical structure will house exhibition areas, workshops, storage and offices. Lambda will be a counterpoint to nearby buildings, most notably to the horizontally oriented Opera House. It is designed with a glass-dominated exterior intended to make the surrounding fjord landscape part of the indoor spaces.

Controversies

Lambda remains a controversial project. The building’s tall and dominating shape has been widely criticised. Many people do not want the museum to be built in Bjørvika at all, but would rather like to see an upgraded or new version of the current Munch Museum at Tøyen. Lambda was even shelved for a while, before a political ploy put it back on the table in 2013.

The new museum is currently scheduled to open in 2020.

Lambda – animation

The new National Museum

The new National Museum will open in 2021. Here, the collections of the National Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Norwegian Museum of Decorative Arts and Design will be collected under one roof. The new museum will have a permanent exhibition of about 5000 objects. Design, arts and crafts, fine art as well as contemporary art will be exhibited alongside each other. As such, the permanent exhibition will highlight interesting connections between the different collections that previously had been on show at three different museums. Additionally, audiences will be able to see the most famous paintings by Edvard Munch, like The Scream (1893) and Madonna (1894).

The most eye-catching feature of the new museum will be the large, illuminated exhibition hall on top of the building. It will be used for temporary exhibitions of international importance.

The building was designed by Kleinhues + Schuwerk Gesellschaft von Architekten, with emphasis on dignity and longevity over sensationalist architecture. Great care was given to achieve a balance with the museum’s surroundings and the existing monuments in the area, such as Oslo City Hall and Akershus Fortress. The rooftop terrace will offer a unique view of the inner Oslo fjord. Around the museum, new, open spaces will be created. The square in front of the main entrance will be an urban meeting place, with benches and a café inviting you to take a rest. 

To learn more about the new museum, you can visit Mellomstasjonen (“the in-between station”), a temporary information centre right next to the building site.


The animated film below takes you on a virtual tour around the new museum. 

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