Photos: Oddleiv Apneseth, Stein Sandemose Bårdsen.
Having the largest glacier in Europe nested in the mountains just outside town, has become a cultural reference point for the small Norwegian settlement of Førde. C. F. Møller took the glacier, Jostedalsbreen as it is known locally, as inspiration when designing the town’s new art museum.
Sogn og Fjordane Kunstmuseum is intended to recall a fractured block of ice. The museum sits by the water like an iceberg poised to enter. Clad in white glass the building façade has lines in it that recall ice fractures. At night, these are illuminated creating an abstract advertisement for the town’s cultural haven.
Photo: Simona Rota.
As the World Architecture Festival in Singapore tails off for this year, it is worth dwelling on a couple of the less well known category winners. The first feature today is the sculptural square known as Plaza España in Adeje by Menis Arquitectos.
In effect the square is conceived as an extension to The Sacred Museum. Its aim being to strengthen the relationship of the town, to the institution and the natural dramatic landscape that surrounds them. The new public space that is created is now the centre of the community hosting its celebrations.
Photos: Nic Luhoux
In Oslo natural light is precious, particularly in the winter months. Using the available light was therefore the driving concept for The Renzo Piano Building Workshop when designing the Tjuvholmen Icon Complex.