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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Jøssingfjord Museum in Norway by Superunion Architects + Powerhouse Company

September 18th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Superunion Architects

Architecture begins where the pure necessity of the need for a shelter ends. The ability of man to command nature and use it as a protection against itself is the very beginning of civilization. The caves of Jøssingfjordas well as it’s hydro power station are in that sense two monuments for Norwegian innovation and civilization: to shelter within the mass, to reap from natures power.

Arrival View

  • Architects: Superunion Architects and Powerhouse Company
  • Project: Jøssingfjord Museum
  • Location:Jøssingfjord, Norway
  • Team:JohanneBorthne, Vilhelm Christensen, Nanne De Ru, SybrenWoudstra, Anne Larsen
  • Status: Competition entry
  • Program: Mining Museum
  • Year: 2011

Aerial View

The Jøssingfjord museum is both a testimony to the power of man as well as to the power of nature. We have conceived it in a few simple elements. A roof that shelters and directs the light and views. Under this roof, all functions are simply laid out according to its most preferable position. As an underlying basis a flexible orthogonal grid that allows for future changes.


The museum is visible as a simple gesture from the top of the mountain. As we approach it, the space guides the eyes towards the stunning views and feats of the surroundings. Partly sunk into the ground, it embeds itself to to the site and makes a clear geological mark. If we wish to enter it, the river will lead us to the entrance. Architecture in its purest form is the articulation of the idea of space.

CAFE and lobby





Diagrams Exhibition flexibility


Program Diagram

Site plan

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