Norwegian Glacier Museum by Architect Sverre Fehn

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Craven, Jackie. "Norwegian Glacier Museum by Architect Sverre Fehn." ThoughtCo, Aug. 9, 2016, thoughtco.com/norwegian-glacier-museum-by-sverre-fehn-177927. Craven, Jackie. (2016, August 9). Norwegian Glacier Museum by Architect Sverre Fehn. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/norwegian-glacier-museum-by-sverre-fehn-177927 Craven, Jackie. "Norwegian Glacier Museum by Architect Sverre Fehn." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/norwegian-glacier-museum-by-sverre-fehn-177927 (accessed October 19, 2017).
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Ulltveit-Moe Climate Centre

Circular Exhibit Space at the Norwegian Glacier Museum by Architect Sverre Fehn
Circular Exhibit Space at the Norwegian Glacier Museum by Architect Sverre Fehn. Photo © Jackie Craven

The Norwegian Glacier Museum has been compared to a flying saucer nestled between the mountains of Fjaerland, Norway. Designed by Norwegian architect Sverre Fehn, the Museum was constructed in 1991 on land that was carved out by the Jostedal Glacier.

Along one side of the Glacier Museum, a round chamber holds the Ulltveit-Moe Climate Centre, a Fehn-designed addition that opened in 2007. Visitors to the Centre can witness climate changes since earth's creation and can view the devastating effects of global warming.

"The globe is divided in longitude and latitude degrees," Fehn says. "And each crossing point has its certain climate, its certain plants and winds. As an architect, you have to try to understand the difference of life in each point."

Source: Prizker Ceremony Acceptance Speech by Sverre Fehn, May 31, 1997, The Hyatt Foundation [accessed August 31, 2015]

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Angular Shapes at the Norwegian Glacier Museum

Exterior of Norwegian Glacier Museum by Architect Sverre Fehn
Exterior of Norwegian Glacier Museum by Architect Sverre Fehn. Photo © Jackie Craven

Norwegian architect Sverre Fehn gave the Glacier Museum sharp, angular shapes to suggest the jagged forms of the surrounding mountains and glaciers in Fjaerland.

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Rugged Concrete Walls

Exterior Wall at the Norwegian Glacier Museum by Architect Sverre Fehn
Exterior Wall at the Norwegian Glacier Museum by Architect Sverre Fehn. Photo © Jackie Craven

Critics of the Norwegian Glacier Museum say that it resembles an air-raid shelter or a military bunker. But architect Sverre Fehn selected the rugged gray concrete to harmonize with the Fjaerland mountains and glaciers.

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Stairs at the Norwegian Glacier Museum

Stairs at the Norwegian Glacier Museum by Architect Sverre Fehn
Stairs at the Norwegian Glacier Museum by Architect Sverre Fehn. Photo © Jackie Craven

Along each side of the Norwegian Glacier Museum, two massive stairways rise to a roof-top overlook. A sloping roof over the entryway creates the illusion of enormous distance.

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Climbing the Norwegian Glacier Museum

Stairs at the Norwegian Glacier Museum by Architect Sverre Fehn
Stairs at the Norwegian Glacier Museum by Architect Sverre Fehn. Photo © Jackie Craven

Climbing the steep stone stairs of the Norwegian Glacier Museum, visitors may have the sense that they are ascending into the mountains of Fjaerland.

"Within himself, every man is an architect," Fehn has said. "His first step towards architecture is his walk through nature."

Source: Prizker Ceremony Acceptance Speech by Sverre Fehn, May 31, 1997, The Hyatt Foundation [accessed August 31, 2015]

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Roof-Top Views From the Museum

Roof Overlook at the Norwegian Glacier Museum by Architect Sverre Fehn
Roof Overlook at the Norwegian Glacier Museum by Architect Sverre Fehn. Photo © Jackie Craven

From the roof of the Norwegian Glacier Museum, visitors have sweeping views of the mountains and glaciers of Fjaerland, Norway.

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Exhibits at the Norwegian Glacier Museum

Exhibit at the Norwegian Glacier Museum by Architect Sverre Fehn
Exhibit at the Norwegian Glacier Museum by Architect Sverre Fehn. Photo © Jackie Craven

Exhibits, films, and interactive displays at the Norwegian Glacier Museum illustrate the relationship between man and nature.

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Cafe at the Norwegian Glacier Museum

Cafe of Norwegian Glacier Museum by Architect Sverre Fehn
Cafe of Norwegian Glacier Museum by Architect Sverre Fehn. Photo © Jackie Craven

The Cafe at the Norwegian Glacier Museum is a sunlit space with stunning views of the mountains of Fjaerland, Norway.

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Mitered Glass at the Norwegian Glacier Museum

Window at the Norwegian Glacier Museum by Architect Sverre Fehn
Window at the Norwegian Glacier Museum by Architect Sverre Fehn. Photo © Jackie Craven

The windows of the Norwegian Glacier Museum have mitered glass that creates the crystaline effect of fractured sunlight.

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Glass Marries Stone at the Norwegian Glacier Museum

Exterior of Norwegian Glacier Museum by Architect Sverre Fehn
Exterior of Norwegian Glacier Museum by Architect Sverre Fehn. Photo © Jackie Craven

In his design for the Norwegian Glacier Museum, architect Sverre Fehn used glass and rugged gray concrete blocks to echo the color and texture of the mountains and Jostedal Glacier.

"But the great museum is the globe itself," says Fehn. "In the surface of the earth, the lost objects are preserved. The sea and the sand are the great masters of conservation and make the journey into eternity so slow that we still find in these patterns the key to the birth of our culture."

Source: Prizker Ceremony Acceptance Speech by Sverre Fehn, May 31, 1997, The Hyatt Foundation [accessed August 31, 2015]

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