Snøhetta enlarges World’s oldest ski museum

Images courtesy of Thomas Ekström/Snøhetta
A 525-sq-m extension to the world’s oldest ski museum, designed by Norwegian architect Snøhetta, has opened to the public.

Oslo’s Holmenkollen Ski Museum recently celebrated its centenary.

Snøhetta’s design called for the dismantling of a third of the building under the ski jump to make space for an extension and new entrance.

The project has a 5m-tall glass wall covered in 1207 wooden pieces, reminiscent of local skigard fences.

The wooden battens range from 2.5m to 5m-long, a total of 4,000m of pine. Their density increases at the building’s north end, creating a shading effect.

The tone and pallet of the extension distances itself from the jump’s exterior of concrete, steel, stone and dark colours.

A new cafe area will be directly located under the ski jump, which leads to an outdoor dining area overlooking the city to the south. The interior palette is inspired by Oslo’s 1952 Olympic Winter Games.

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