PLACE: Hamar, Norway
AREA: 2.700 m2
YEAR: 2021
CLIENT: Anno Museum
TYPE: Museum
STATUS: Open international competition, proposal
TEAM: Audun Hellemo/Kristin Jahr Hilde
RENDERS: Sorin Pasagiu/Dragonfly3da

SCALE (small>large)
STATUS (idea>built)

Surrounded by buildings that are already part of the Norwegian architectural canon,  Sverre Fehn’s seminal Storhamalåven project from the 60s and Kjell Lund’s glass covering of the medieval church ruins from the late 90s, the new museum building draws inspiration from the eclectic, layered conditions on the site – both in terms of materials, architectural heritage and spatial qualities. The concrete perimeter wall provides the starting point for a free organization where the inner volume adapts to the programmatic requirements as well as the specific site conditions. 

The layers of the site: The exisiting buildings represent Hamar's golden age as bishopric and religious centre, and differ from the other wooden structures both in scale and materiality. Through the years they have been built on, rebuilt, overbuilt - empasizing the structures as spatial delimitations in the open landscape.

A new family member on Domkirkeodden; the new extension creates a dialogue with the other important structures on the site, but samples materials and themes to a new architecture.

1. Spatial framework: The wall surrounding the building  2. Openings in the wall connect to different activities in the surrounding landscape.  3. Layered building with a clear horizontal character.  4. The built volume opens up to the surroundings.

The concrete wall defines important walls in the open landscape, and articulates the public space between Storhamarlåven and the new museum.
Cuts in the inner volume create protected outdoor spaces - intimate pockets in the vast, flowing landscape. The openings filter the surroundings and adds a layer of abstraction to the world outside.
The most public functions are centered around the main entrance and the lobby area; while exhibitions areas are located both on ground floor (temporary exhibitions with a large degree of freedom in exhibition design) and on first floor (permanent exhibitions that relates to the surroundings). The public restaurant occupies the best corner, opening up both to the entrance side as well as the lakeside.

The permanent exhibition areas open up to the surroundings, placing the exhibited artifacts in context – horizontal views towards the horizontal landscape and Storhamarlåven – full height glass facing the monumental glass church and the forest behind the museum.

The elevation is based on simple, repetitive modules that are closed, glassed or completely open depending on the programmatic requirements. Setbacks of the inner volume break up the scale and create terraces and courtyards depending on direction.