Dutch designer wins competition to design Norway’s national logging museum

Dutch architect Karres en Brands has been selected out of 136 submissions to design Norway’s 7,000 sq m National Logging Museum.

Located on the banks of the River Glomma, half an hour from Oslo on northern Europe’s largest inland delta, the development focuses on framing the surrounding nature.

Vidar Mørch, a spokesperson for Museums in Akershus, the project’s sponsor, said: "The museum is in harmony with the surrounding delta landscape, and respects and contributes to history and logging heritage that is so characteristic of this area."

The project will contain a "Longhouse" that will be the entrance and main public route through the building and gateway to the delta. It will contain a museum, workshops, labs and a learning centre.

A 200m "Longboard" acts as a public plaza, boardwalk, bridge and cultural space, linking the car park, and museum, while extending over the water, and referencing to the extensive log driving structures of the Glomma.

The entire project will be built from timber. The Longhouse contains vertical charred timber lamellas, changing slightly in appearance across the structure.

Windows, loggias and sliding timber "curtains" are integrated in the building’s wooden façade.

Images courtesy of Karres en Brands

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