National Museum: Three winners

In the open international competition for the planning and design of a museum complex for the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design at Vestbane in Oslo, the jury has selected three winners.

In the open international competition for the planning and design of a museum complex for the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design at Vestbane in Oslo, the jury has selected three winners:

1st prize: 164 Forum Artis. Kleihues and Schuwerk Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH (Naples, Berlin)

2nd prize: 147 Urban Transition. JAJA Architects ApS (Copenhagen) + Jakob Rolver

3rd prize: 209 Trylleesken. Henning Larsen Architects A/S (Copenhagen)

The competition is not yet over
The three winners are all entitled to participate in a subsequent negotiated procedure. Subjects for negotiation will include price and feasibility. It is expected that negotiations with Statsbygg will continue until August 2010, when the final winning proposal for the new National Museum will be presented. In the final evaluation the architects’ concept and solution will be the main criteria with a weighting of between 50 and 70 percent.

237 proposals were submitted for Phase 1 of the competition. The jury selected six of these to go forward to Phase 2, and the same jury has now picked three winners (see jury composition).

The aim of the competition is to find a building solution which provided a good match with the functional requirements of the National Museum, while giving the building an architectural expression appropriate to the museum's status as an important social institution.

Statsbygg will be the counstruction client for the new National Museum. The commencement and execution of the project will await the decision of the Norwegian Parliament, and the museum is planned for completion in 2016/2017.