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Friday25 July 2014

Renzo Piano's Oslo waterfront museum opens

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Architect intended visitors to enjoy art and nature

Renzo Piano’s new home for Oslo’s Astrup Fearnley Museum opened today.

The 7,000sq m museum is a sequence of three timber-clad buildings spanning a canal on the city’s redeveloped waterfront in the district of Tjuvholmen.

Visitors first enter a large double-height space for temporary exhibitions into which natural light is filtered through a curved glass roof supported by slender steel columns.

Reinforced with cable rigging, this structure refers to the masts of the yachts on the fjord outside.

A statement from the museum said: “This is like a little city where the visitor can be in contact with nature, take a swim, enjoy urban life, while contemplating art.”

It is financed by Tjuvholmen’s developers.

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