Archbishopric Museum of Hamar

Sverre Fehn, Hamar, Norway, 1973

 

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Museum to display peasant life as well as the archaeology on the site of a ruined medieval fort over which a 18th century barn was built

A concrete ramp runs above the historic ground with its parabolic form defining the line of the ancient fortress wall. Square, unframed plate glass is pinned over the crumbling openings of the ruin form the doors and windows.

A freestanding timber enclosure stands above the barn and where necessary forms upper walls and a structurally discrete roof. Internally, this is expressive, warm and golden, contrasting with the coldness of the stone and concrete. Externally, it is clad in blood-red stained boarding and roof tiles. The latter are interspersed with blocks of glazed tiles, which provide excellent top-lighting.

The development was carried out in phases, the farm barn was renovated first and the exhibition installed there in 1971 with the south wing and the auditorium completed in 1973. The pavilions in the castle courtyard were not completed until 2005.

Data

  • Begun: 1969
  • Completed: 1973
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Address: Strandvegen 100, Hamar, Norway, Norway

Materials

Timber frame

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