Having got over the surprise stop of the Onda harbor restaurant (see previous post) we strolled along the highly developed boardwalk where $AUD3-4million apartments are the norm, fueled by Oslo’s oil money these apartments are certainly flash but not necessarily beautiful. What was, however, was our destination at the end of the boardwalk, the ‘Astrup Fearnley museet‘, a contemporary art museum designed by by genoa-based practice Renzo Piano building workshop. This museum sits at the end of the boardwalk on the edge of the fjord and divided into two parts by the inclusion of a canal which brings the fjord into the building and ,in summer, would allow visitors to dip their toes and cool off…..something which wasn’t necessary on our trip as it was around -10deg Celsius.
The exterior’s timber cladding is a detailing marvel with every corner and window reveal being carefully considered and executed, of course you expect nothing less from Renzo. These timber clad volumes are capped with a double curved glass roof which continues its lines across the void created by the canal with two strip sections, visually linking the separated buildings. Bridges provide the link for visitors between the interior and exterior areas.
The larger volume contains the permanent collection while the smaller houses the temporary exhibitions, shop and cafe. The curved roof, which arches asymmetrically, gives the interior spaces a decending ceiling and creates large but interesting volumes for the contemporary exhibits to work with and react against, influencing layouts of exhibitions. Offering a visual nod to the near by harbour the slender steel columns and cable rigging handle the structural support and reinforcement.
As I’m not a photographer with credentials I wasn’t able to photograph inside but I hope you enjoy the photo’s, I know I enjoyed taking them….even if my hands were a bit chilly.