The Fram Museum in Oslo is an iconic landmark. Our proposal for an extension completes the iconography with a new exhibition hall and visitor areas.
Proposal, invited competition
Jonas Cassel Bø, Are Hagen, Magnus Hermstad, Espen Røyseland and Øystein Rø
Marit Øhrn Langslet, Bollinger + Grohmann
The Fram Museum is one of the most distinctive museum buildings in Norway. The characteristic salt roof shape has a high recognition factor and the museum is a landmark in the Oslo Fjord. The iconic shape is part of the museum's brand and thus has a high cultural and commercial value. A new building should relate to this strong design language, at the same time as it creates rational and flexible communication spaces. The Fram Museum offers fantastic experiences that attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. The great voyages of discovery at sea are relived, but the relationship to the sea outside is almost not present inside the buildings. A new museum building can establish this natural dimension as part of the visiting experience and connect the entire Fram Museum to the sea. The Fram Museum conveys the historic Norwegian polar expeditions and the three polar explorers Fridtjof Nansen, Otto Sverdrup and Roald Amundsen. A new building will be able to expand the dissemination to also apply to current polar research and the importance of the polar regions for Norway and the world. The result can be a complete experience center about the polar history and the polar future.