1st prize in the Lillehammer Art Museum design competition in Norway

05 07 2022

We are proud to announce that JKMM together with MDH ArkitekterMASU Planning and an urban specialist Halvor Weider Ellefsen is the winner of the invited competition for an underground extension of the Lillehammer Art Museum in Norway.

Lillehammer Art Museum is a cultural cornerstone in the center of Lillehammer. The winning proposal ‘Bergtatt’ is not just a museum expansion, but it also develops the urban life and scenery of the prominent central location.

A new art gallery under Stortorget will not only be a long-awaited expansion of the museum, but also an upgrade of the city’s most important open multipurpose square. The premise of the project is therefore to strengthen existing qualities at the square and delimiting the street space, while also refining the historic street Torggutua: a shortcut in the city with the potential to become a diverse, communicative urban space along the art museum’s curved facade.

Our proposal cultivates new encounters between the museum and the city through a distinct architectural expression that does not come at the expense of Stortorget’s role as the city’s most important space. The subterranean art hall breaks through the square in a delicate manner and forms crystal-shaped skylights creating visual link between the square and the underground museum.

The winning proposal ‘Bergtatt’ visuals are by MIR, JKMM, MDH and MASU.

The project is to be completed by Lillehammer’s 200th anniversary in 2027, which coincides with the museum’s 100th anniversary.

Further information about the Museum www.lillehammerkunstmuseum.no

Background information about design competition:

In early 2022 a total of 31 architectural firms expressed interest to participate in the design competition. As the art gallery is to be built at Stortorget in Lillehammer, it was a requirement that the firms also had expertise in landscape architecture.

The four selected finalists were:

Dorte Mandrup A/S and Marianne Levinsen landskap ApS

Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects, SLA, Ram Architecture (Lillehammer) and Aaen Engineering

MDH Arkitekter SA, JKMM Arkkitehdit OY and MASU Planning ApS