Sogn & Fjordane Art Museum. C.F. Møller. Photo: Oddleiv Apneseth

Sogn & Fjordane Art Museum

The Sogn and Fjordane Art Museum lies in the centre of Førde, surrounded by the mountains. The museum's architecture was inspired by the county's many glaciers, with a building designed to resemble a massive blocks of ice that has rolled down from the frozen mountains.
 Sogn & Fjordane Art Museum. C.F. Møller. Photo: Jiri Havran © Sto Scandinavia
Facts

Client

Sogn og Fjordane Fylkeskommune, Førde kommune

Address

Førde, Norway

Size

3000 m²

Year

2006-2012

Competition

1st prize in architectural competition. 2006

Client consultant

Futurum AS

Construction

Åsen & Øvrelid

Engineering

Sweco Norge AS, iVest Consult

Architect

C.F. Møller Architects

Landscape

C.F. Møller Landscape

Awards
Awards
  • Civic Trust Award. 2015
  • Førde Municipal Architecture Award. 2014
  • 1st prize in architectural competition. 2006

The compact form of the museum brings a new focus point to the town. The facades consist of irregular opaque glass surfaces, with lines referring to cracks in the ice to create an irregular dynamism. The lines are illuminated at night, to give the building the impression of a sparkling block in the midst of the town's darkness.

Inside, the museum's crystalline form provides an asymmetric floor layout. Visitors progress through the four floors in an open stairwell with a colour-saturated turquoise staircase that rises towards the light and the rooftop terrace's panoramic view. The bright rooftop terrace is designed for outdoor shows and exhibitions.

C.F. Møller Architects also designed the neighbouring Storhagen Atrium and Meieritomten housing blocks, which relate to the art museum as dark, brooding mountains surrounding the ice.

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