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.
Romsdal Folk Museum in Norway by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
March 2nd, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
The Romsdal Folk Museum is an architectonic attraction and a treasured landmark that embodies the history and identity of the entire region. Our intention in this project was to let the structure signal its meaning and function through an architectural expression and the use of local materials. The scale of the building refers to the urbanity and morphology of the town. The overall layout of the museum grounds the connections to the town by linking different surrounding areas in an overall plan where all circulation is linked in a unified structure.The project conveys an open and progressive attitude that makes diverse utilization possible.
The Museum design approach is rooted in rationality and sustainability. The plan geometry is deceptively simple, the characteristic angled shapes are limited to the roof and the external wall, making the circulation and internal organisation clear and flexible. The public areas are clearly separated from the administration wing, which is located on both the ground and first floor. Exhibition rooms, the auditorium and the library are all placed on the ground floor to increase flexibility and user experience. The transparency of the reception room permits supporting internal and external activities. Large sliding doors separate the permanent and temporary exhibition areas, giving the curators the ability to combine or separate the spaces. The archives and workshops are located on the basement level, with the vertical circulation of large items facilitated by a large goods lift.
Pine is the primary building material of the museum. Exterior walls and roof are made of solid timber in combination of steel beam when required. The terrain entailed the use of concrete, however its use was reduce to the foundations. Exterior walls and ceilings covered with maintenance-pine relief tempered with bio-based oil.
Different openings filter the day light in such way that the internal space are enriched by gradations and translucency nuances. However, the main exhibition rooms are black boxes, giving the curators total control of artificial lightening in these areas. All the glazing units have high-energy performance glass, in some locations with silk printed colours and patterns.
Impact on Nordic society.
The Romsdal Folk Museum is a great example of strategic use of low-tech building solutions. It embodies the national policy in Norway to aim for a more sustainable future. The museum is built using Norwegian timber technology and acts as a hub for cultural development.
In this building, the people of Molde as well as visitors and tourists are given the opportunity to connect and to build a wider community. The museum hosts not only exhibits about Norwegian culture but also concerts, workshops and lectures on a day-to-day basis.
The architectural form brings together the region’s folk culture and the area’s characteristic landscape qualities in a larger composition. The range of perspectives and activities ensures a broad audience, with the museum becoming a living centre for the exploration of the region’s history, contemporary culture, and future.
Reiulf Ramstad Architects (RRA) is an independent Oslo-based architectural firm with a high level of expert knowledge and a distinct ideology. The firm has a strong conceptual approach combined with experience from past accomplished projects. RRA has a permanent staff consisting of 13 graduate architects, one managing director, 2 administrative staff, and 2-4 permanent openings for architectural students.
Over the years RRA has produced a wide range of innovative and ground breaking projects with an exceptional variation of scale and program. We have earned a reputation for creating bold, simple architecture with a strong connection to the Scandinavian context and the impressive Scandinavian landscape in particular. Common for all our projects are that they are driven by a genuine dedication to humanist values. We build in both urban and rural areas, all over Norway and recently our projects are increasingly gaining attention also outside of Norway.
DESIGN SKILLS, INNOVATION AND ARTISTIC VISION
As architects and designers we are fortunate to experience the overall process, from the first conceptual phase to the completion of high quality projects. The firm has shown a multitude of approaches in solving assignments, both nationally and internationally and has received numerous awards and recognitions for its projects. RRA’s unconventional approach to problem solving always results in unexpected yet inspirational architecture with high artistic quality.
RRA works with the environment in mind in all our projects, both in terms of planning and administration.
RRA is very concerned that projects are planned with solutions that are environmentally progressive in relation to the operation, maintenance, energy use, functionality, flexibility and the context. We focus on efficient use of energy and follow up with the latest technology in the field.
Our special competence is in balancing practical aspects of architecture such as technical and economic demands while maintaining the underlying concept throughout. We are eager to find pragmatic solutions with users as well as technical consultants, at the same time we are passionate to maintain and make sure that the original concept is carried through in the end result.
RRA is one of the few studios in Norway today with such a degree of diverse assignments. The projects are geographically spread and take place in a manifold of contexts, from compact urban locations to dramatic and uncultivated landscapes. The portfolio of the office contains commissions with huge contrasts in relation to scale, context, budget and demands of function.
RRA has experience of producing complex buildings for intricate city center from our Tønsberg Town Hall project where the building is placed in the center of historical town of Tønsberg, Norway, University College Østfold project which is located in old cultural landscape, and Cultural Center Stjørdal, a cultural center with new approach both in terms of complex functionality and overall concept.
Contact Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter