Art Silo

Kristiansand, Norway 2016
9,000 sqm Art Museum / 3,600 sqm Art School

Competition proposal for a new Art Museum in southern Norway selected in an open international competition with 101 entries as one of six finalists.

The Art Silo is a conversion of an existing grain silo from the 1930s into an art museum set to become one of the leading art museums in Scandinavia holding works from The Tangen collection and the regional Sørlandets Art museum.

Our proposal maintains the strong significance of the exciting silos and is embraced by a delicate gallery volume projecting outwards and upward as concave and convex glass facades. The solidity of the silos stand in contrast to the new horizontal gallery spaces and the extended glass silos becomes a beacon for the city and viewing platform for the citizens of Kristiansand.

A central orientation space is carved out inside the existing silos offering a large foyer and installation space with direct link to the public facilities on the ground floor. The main gallery spaces are located around the silo void and suggest a series of gallery spaces each with original characters, scale and light settings to accommodate various art works.  

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