Architecture in Norway – Norsk Bremuseum Fjærland

Mundal, Fjærland, Bremuseet Fjärland, Sognefjord, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph.

In Norway you can discover exciting and innovative architecture in all parts of the country. The architects managed to harmonize architecture and landscape exceptionally often. We discover one of the impressive examples on a barely noticed side arm of the Sognefjord.

Architecture in Norway – Norsk Bremuseum Fjærland

Knowledge experts from all over the world travel regularly to Fjærland to explore the impressive but changing glaciers in the region around Fjærland. This was taken as an opportunity in Norway to design a thematic museum. And so in 1989, the renowned Norwegian architect Sverre Fehn was commissioned to design the Norwegian Glacier Museum.

The Bremuseum Fjærland opened in 1991, just two years later. The Norwegian Glacier Museum, the Bremuseum Fjærland, came into being at a time when people began to deal tentatively with climate change. And so the Bremuseum Fjærland was expanded after a decision in 2002 to include a permanent exhibition on climate change.

Sverre Fehn had to completely redesign his first and already realized draft. And so the extension was built around the existing cinema hall. The expansion started in 2006, the following year, in July 2007, and the Ulltveit-Moe climate center named after its sponsor was opened.

How interprets the thoughts of Sverre Fehn photographically

Sverre Fehn has always designed his designs in the context of the environment. But which lines does he take, which forms of the landscape does Sverre Fehn transfer to the Bremuseum Fjærland? We spent a long time wandering around the building of the Norwegian Glacier Museum, constantly observing and internalizing it with the surroundings, and wondering what thoughts he might have had. We have translated these thoughts, which we try to discover in his designs, into the photos of this article.

Mundal, Fjærland, Sognefjord, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph.

Bremuseum Fjärland, Mundal, Fjærland, Sognefjord, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. | ©

The architect of the Norsk Bremuseum Fjærland, Sverre Fehn

Sverre Fehn was born on August 14, 1924 in Kongsberg in southern Norway. At the age of 24, he successfully completed his architecture studies at the architecture college in Oslo. Shortly thereafter, he opened his own office, in which he sketched his ideas throughout his life.

In 1952 and 1953 Sverre Fehn traveled to Morocco and immediately afterwards to Paris in 1953/1954 to assist the well-known designer and architect Jean Prouvé.

His design of the Norwegian pavilion at the 1958 World Exhibition in Brussels brought Sverre Fehn international attention.

From 1971 to 1993 the university of architecture hired him as a professor of architecture. He also gave lectures at universities in Great Britain and the USA, for example.

Sverre Fehn has been awarded several times with the Norwegian architecture prize Betongtalven. This prize has been awarded since 1961 for the environmentally friendly, aesthetic and technically outstanding use of concrete for buildings in Norway. In 1997 Sverre Fehn was awarded the coveted Pritzker Prize for his services in architecture.

Sverre Fehn primarily designed galleries and museums, in exceptional cases also private houses.

His designs have long been considered his own art, so it is not surprising that they have been exhibited in numerous countries such as Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

Sverre Fehn was also highly regarded in Germany, was an honorary member of the Association of German Architects (BDA) and received the golden Heinrich Tessenow medal.

Sverre Fehn died on February 23, 2009 in Oslo.

Bremuseum Fjärland, Mundal, Fjærland, Sognefjord, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph.,

Bremuseum Fjärland, Mundal, Fjærland, Sognefjord, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. | © mare.photoFrom the reference list of Sverre Fehn

  • Norwegian Glacier Museum, Fjærland
  • Ivar Aasen-tunet, Ørsta / Volda
  • Aukrustsenteret, Alvdal
  • Preus Museum (Norsk Museum for fotografi), Horten
  • Hedmarksmuseet og Domkirkeodden, Hamar
  • Norsk Architecture Museum, Oslo
  • The Norwegian Pavilion at the Brussels World Fair in 1958
  • The Norwegian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1962
  • Villa carpenter
  • Villa Busk

If you would like to find out more about the unique future museum, the Norsk Bremuseum, you will find the responsible website of the  norways-glaciermuseum

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