Winning Design in International Competition Created with Vectorworks BIM Software

Columbia, Maryland (April 23, 2010) – Nemetschek North America congratulates
Klaus Schuwerk Architects of Naples and Berlin, with Kleihues + Schuwerk
Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH, on winning the international competition to
design a new museum complex for the National Museum of Art, Architecture and
Design in Oslo, Norway.
The competition was sponsored by Statsbygg, the Norwegian Directorate of Public
Construction and Property, and required entrants to design a new complex to
house several museums in one facility. The new building complex will be located
on the site of the old Railway Station West, Vestbanen, in Oslo.

The first place entry, Forum Artis, was designed using Vectorworks® 2010
Architect software. “We think Vectorworks is the best program for doing
architecture at a high level, from the first sketches to execution drawings,
mainly because Vectorworks is as easy to use as a pencil and this gives time to
concentrate on architecture,” said architect Klaus Schuwerk.

The competition parameters included several goals for the project. Contestants
were asked to create a coherent and functional museum space to serve as both a
collective memory and a meeting space for the community. The design needed to
support the heritage of surrounding buildings, as well as address the urban
planning challenges of the location. Incorporating solutions to minimize the
environmental impact of the building and the use of Building Information
Modeling (BIM) were also key requirements of the competition.

An 11-member jury appointed by the Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs and
made up of Statsbygg and National Museum officers, architects, and civil
engineers evaluated each proposal. In their evaluation of Forum Artis the jury
wrote, “The architectural expression of the complex is simple but striking. The
development of volumes and materiality is restrained and refined. Art museums
are introspective by nature. This is inevitable due to security considerations,
daylight control and climate control and the need for wall space for
exhibitions. The jury considers that Forum Artis embodies an outstanding

Of 237 entries, the top three will be considered for final development of the

About Kleihues + Schuwerk
Kleihues + Schuwerk is a firm that specializes in doing few, but high quality,
projects. At the moment they are realizing the Museum of Labour and Industrie in
Brescia, one of the most outstanding new museums in Italy.
About Nemetschek North America

Nemetschek North America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nemetschek AG. A global
leader in design technologies, Nemetschek North America has been developing CAD
software for the AEC, entertainment, landscape design, and manufacturing fields
since 1985. For more information, visit

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