Photography house – A piece of nature in Oslo
Kragh & Berglund has made a design proposal for the new House of Photography in Oslo, situated in the harbour close to the opera house. The mission is to create a place for everyone – a museum, a destination and a connection between the city, the fjord and the sea. The project is an illustration of Oslo and what Oslo wishes to become for it’s citizens.
The House of Photography is placed on one of the last free lots in Oslo harbour, next to the ”Sugar cube”, right next to the Opera house. The harbour promenade is currently dominated by urban spaces with cafes and restaurants, and of course the Opera. The lot itself was the basis for the new House of Photography: to create a museum where the unique Norwegian nature is central, with water, cliffs, wild grass and pine trees. The sugar cube is redone to become a peaceful, accessible and public park – a social meeting place in nature that uses and gains from the park’s and the building’s fantastic views over Oslo.
The House of Photography is designed as a circular building elevated on pillars – integrating the park and the building in the hard harbour environment and creating contrast with it’s curved shapes. The museum becomes a living place where the park and the building creates contrasts with light and shadow, play and activities. By elevating the building on pillars a fantastic panorama with 360 degree views over Oslo and Oslo fjord is created, while the accessibility and the views over the water and the park is secured. The House of Photography shows off Oslo in new ways and invites the visitors to experience the new 360 degrees promenade.