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.
Jøssing Fjord Center in Norway by CEBRA
April 10th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: CEBRA
The Jøssing Fjord Center is a combined museum for mining and geology. If the outside exhibition areas are also taken into consideration, the area is really a small magma park. The museum building is set just outside Jøssing in beautiful natural surroundings, next to the former mines and the power station that produced electricity for the mining activities. The basic structure – a four-armed star plan – is cast in concrete around an intermediate massive core built from bales of straw.
As the heavy concrete weighs down the straw, which is already slightly uneven, a bumpy and unpredictable space comes into existence. When the straw is removed, an exhibition space, very similar to a traditional mine, appears. On the outside, the main structure is covered with large rocks turning it into a big pile of stones, like a gigantic cairn with occasional panoramic windows. It blends harmoniously into the surroundings in an almost camouflage-like manner, and yet it also manages to stand as a beacon in the landscape, a point to aim at and explore.