Fram Museum, Oslo


The firm Reiulf Ramstad has won the invitation-only contest to expand the museum that harbors Fram (Framtid, meaning future in Norwegian), the ship that Fridtjof Nansen, Otto Svedrup, and Roald Amundsen used in their famed expeditions. As part of a site specially devoted to telling the story of Norwegian explorations in the North and South Poles, the new wing is a manifesto of the environmental concerns that inspired those journeys as well, with the use of locally-sourced certified timber in giving form to a compact and internally support-free, single-span volume that only opens at one end to views of the Oslo fjord and the surrounding vegetation.

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