The Munch Museum in Oslo will open in October.
The long-awaited Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway designed by a Spanish architecture firm estudio Herreros, will open on October 22, 2021.
Since estudio Herreros won the Munch Museum competition in 2009 and was selected to build the museum, the project has been delayed repeatedly, beginning with political obstacles over its design and location.
The museum was originally scheduled to open in the spring of 2020, but the opening ceremony was further postponed due to delays in material supply, technical failure of the indoor climate system, and the Covid-19 epidemic.
The Munch Museum has the largest collection of works by the famous Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, with almost 26,700 items on display. Following Munch's death, these collections were given to the city of Oslo.
The structure is designed as a 13-story building on the outskirts of Oslo's harbor district Bjørvika. The building contains 11 exhibition halls with an exhibition area of more than 20,000 square meters.
The façade is made of recyclable perforated aluminum sheets with varying degrees of transparency. The tower's distinctive sloping top makes it a landmark visible from all directions, and there is an observation area with a panoramic view of Oslo.
The building's design prioritizes sustainability. It employs energy-saving natural ventilation, and the building's enclosed east-facing façade prevents excessive warmth throughout the summer.
The building's design complies with Oslo’s FutureBuilt standards, which require buildings to emit half of the greenhouse gas emissions. The building was constructed with low-carbon concrete and recycled steel, and its loadbearing structure has a technical life of 200 years.
The museum will also be used for concerts, literary reading, and performance and art workshops. (Via)