The Jøssingfjord Museum proposal, by Superunion Architects and Powerhouse Company, is both a testimony to the power of man as well as to the power of nature. They have conceived it in a few simple elements to create a roof that shelters and directs the light and views. Under this roof, all functions are simply laid out according to its most preferable position. As an underlying basis, a flexible orthogonal grid allows for future changes. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architecture begins where the pure necessity of the need for a shelter ends. The ability of man to command nature and use it as a protection against itself is the very beginning of civilization. The caves of Jøssingfjord as well as it’s hydro power station are in that sense two monuments for Norwegian innovation and civilization: to shelter within the mass, to reap from natures power.
The museum is visible as a simple gesture from the top of the mountain. As we approach it, the space guides the eyes towards the stunning views and feats of the surroundings. Partly sunk into the ground, it embeds itself into the site and makes a clear geological mark. If we wish to enter it, the river will lead us to the entrance. Architecture in its purest form is the articulation of the idea of space.
Architects: Superunion Architects and Powerhouse Company Location: Jøssingfjord, Norway Team: Johanne Borthne, Vilhelm Christensen, Nanne De Ru, Sybren Woudstra, Anne Larsen Status: Competition entry Program: Mining Museum Year: 2011