Petter Dass Museum
Peter Dass is one of Norway's most important and beloved poets. He was also the Vicar at Alstahaug Church from 1689 until his death in 1707.
The project involved designing a new museum building, a
landscape plan for the surrounding site, parking facilities, and a
Snøhetta's team decided to make a cut in the landscape to create a new site. This cut allowed a freestanding building which in volume balances the mass removed. This bold solution creates a new but humble relationship to the historical sites, as well as allowing an expressive architecture. In this way the new museum contributes to visualize the historical span from the origin of the church to our time.
The site is defined by two 70 meter long wire-cut rock walls
15.5 meters apart. Between these walls a new ground level is
established. The museum itself is 11.5 meters wide creating a 2
meter clearance to the rock wall on either side. This open space
reveals a new sight line and allows the visitors to circulate
between the building and the rock walls.
Snøhetta's overall intention has been to integrate the building
with the landscape by letting the roof section relate to the
section of the terrain. The transparent walls of the museum's
ground floor emphasizes the relationship between the landscape and
the building. At both ends of the closed and "floating" volume
there are large glass surfaces, offering views towards the church
on one side and towards the sky on the other.
Through this visual contact the building represents a
relationship between the historical site representing the past, and
the view towards the sky representing the future. The museum
building itself represents the present and links Petter Dass's
achievements to our time, 300 years after his death.
Facts about Petter Dass Museum
Kjetil T Thorsen
Astrid Renata Van Veen
Lars Nordbye Jørstad
KF Petter Dass Eiendom
Petter Dass Museum
Photographed by Åke E:son Lindman
Last updated: December 19, 2013
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