An Artistic Haven Intimately Connected with its City
Nearly 22 years after working on the first expansion of the celebrated Norwegian Lillehammer Art Museum, international architecture and design firm Snohetta was invited to expand the project once again, but this time, with the aim of creating a holistic expression for both the art museum and the adjacent cinema. The integration of art plays a central role in all aspects of the project, from the landscape to the program to the buildings themselves.
The Lillehammer Art Museum and Lillehammer Cinema were first established in an Erling Viksjo designed building in 1964 and was a largely considered a classic of its time. In 1994, Snohetta completed an extension of the museum with the construction of an independent building that sought to bridge the architectural language of the original 1960s buildings and contemporary formal expression. Now, a second Snohetta designed expansion connects the two existing institutions along with the museum's new Weidemannsalen exhibition hall, two theaters and an interior renovation of the Lillehammer Cinema.
The concept was based on the idea of art hovering above a transparent base. The new interior houses a children's workshop at ground level with floor to ceiling windows and sits beneath a cantilevered hall wrapped in a dynamic metal facade. The circulation throughout the museum has also been significantly improved, with a new connection below the art garden enhancing the visitor experience.
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