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.