The Danish Architecture firm Henning Larsen, won the competition to design the new Tromsoe Museum in Norway
Moesgaard Museum and Harpa Concert Hall have paved the way for Henning Larsen, the Danish architect firm, to design yet another cultural building in Scandinavia: the new Tromsoe Museum – part of the UiT Arctic University of Norway.
Henning Larsen went to Norway for the first time back in 1968 to follow the construction of the University in Trondheim. This design led the way for many international educational- and cultural buildings, which have now grown into attractions of their own. As is the case with Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus, both a museum, research institution and cultural destination at once.
Their international experience with cultural and educational buildings secured them a top grade in the competition for a new university museum in Tromsoe, Norway, where they won the contract in collaboration with local Borealis Architects, SLA, COWI, and Expology.
"We have a strong, cross-disciplinary team with local anchoring, and we cannot wait to design this museum in collaboration with the client Statsbygg and the University in Tromsoe. It is our dream that the museum will become a motor that contributes to the development of the entire harbor front, like what happened with Harpa in Reykjavik," Kasper Kyndesen, Partner and responsible for our activities in Norway, explains.
When assigning the project, one of the most important parameters was quality:
"We have primarily been looking for a team with experience in leading and coordinating large-scale, complex projects with the same functions as the museum in Tromsoe, and who could bring forth this expertise. Besides that, experience with outlining and planning cultural buildings have been prioritized. In these factors, the winning team excelled," says Client Consultancy Director in Statsbygg, Sunnøve Lyssand Sandberg.
Since their first win in Norway, the University in Trondheim since 1968, they have designed multiple cultural buildings that – over time – have grown to become attractions. Like Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus, Denmark, that is both a museum, a research institution and excursion spot at the same time.
"We know from our experience with revitalizing harbor front throughout Europe that it has a major effect to tie the people and the water closer together. We see a great potential in the mixed functions that this museum will hold. Local and international students, researchers and museum guests will create a very special environment in and around the museum," Kyndesen explains with referral to the large urban development projects in Belfast, Brussels and, Gdansk we won the past year.
The new museum is expected to be 19,700 m2.