OSLO. It will be one of the signature buildings dominating the new face of the Norwegian capital, but we will have to wait a few more months before we know what it will look like.
The jury of an international architecture competition to choose the design for Norway's new National Museum yesterday picked three winners in a race that initially had 237 participants.
The three winners are invited to take part in a continued phase of competition and negotiations with the governments building agency Statsbygg. The final winner well be chosen by August 2010.
The new National Museum will be one of several cultural institutions that will line the Oslo Fjord, where a huge redevelopment is going on along the waterfront. You can read an earlier report from Oslo about that here.
As the first winner of three, the jury named the entry Forum Artis by German architechts Kleihuis + Schuwerk. The main element in their concept is a long, horisontal bright hall that, according to the jury, will form a contrast to the vertical mark of the area.
The second winner was a design called Urban Transition by Danish firm JAJA Architects consisting of five conneced, rectangular building of different sizes.
The third winner was long established Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects with Trylleesken, a design dominated by a huge cube in line with the Oslo City Hall right next to the future spot of the National Museum.
The new museum will be located behind an old railway station that is home of the Nobel Peace Center, between the popular waterfront development Aker Brygge and Oslo's City Hall.
The new National Museum in Oslo could be a bright horisontal line in the cityscape.