The relationship between art and museums is fascinating. Museums don’t just house art, in many cases they’re becoming art. That’s a thin line for architects. Creating bold experiential spaces while fairly honoring the potential artwork isn’t easy.
A great example of a museum striking this balance is Norway’s Sogn & Fjordane Art Museum in Førde. Contextually, its exterior design draws cues from the surrounding mountains, weather and a large visible glacier on the European mainland. It stands out among the city’s more traditional architecture. Meanwhile, the interior is a fantastic space that allows the exhibiting work to shine and take center stage. As the architects, C.F. Møller describe, “The museum lies like a crystal-clear block of ice that has slid down from the surrounding mountains. The facade is clad in white glass with a network of angled lines, reminiscent of the fracture lines in ice.” We posted a few images below.