Norwegian design studio Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter (RRA) just completed work on the new extension for the Romsdal Folk Museum, one of the largest and most comprehensive folk museums in Norway. Completed in RRA’s signature style, the museum is clad in locally sourced timber and is topped by jagged roofline evocative of a giant crystal. The landmark building will serve as both an architectural gem and as a new home for the artifacts of the region’s cultural identity.
Established in 1912 in Norway’s Molde Municipality, the Romsdal Folk Museum houses an extensive collection of prints, photographs, and text, as well as over 40 buildings that date back from the 16th to the 20th centuries. RRA’s new complex will house permanent exhibitions that had previously only been available as seasonal exhibits due to space constraints. In addition to exhibits on local art, international architecture, and historical records, the crystal-like building will also include a cafe and museum shop.
The new complex was built from locally produced timber and concrete and is designed to complement the surrounding landscape. The jagged roofline mimics the shape of Molde’s mountain range. Vertically oriented rectangular windows punctuate the facade.
“The Romsdal museum complex has become an architectonic attraction and a treasured landmark which embodies a whole region’s history and identity,” write the architects. “The intention is to let the structure signal its meaning and function through an architectural expression and the use of place-specific materials. It should convey an open and progressive attitude that makes diverse utilization possible. The range of perspectives and activities will ensure a broad audience, with the museum becoming a living centre for the exploration of the region’s history, contemporary culture, and even future.”
Images via Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter