David Chipperfield has beaten a shortlist of locals to win his first project in Scandinavia.
His practice, David Chipperfield Architects, has snatched the £25 million contract to renovate and extend the Aust Agder Museum of Cultural History in Arendal, on the south coast of Norway. Working with Oslo practice div A, Chipperfield will more than double the size of the exhibition and archive spaces to 13,000m2
The other shortlisted practices were 3XNielsen and Schmidt Hammer Lassen, both from Denmark, and L2 Architects and LPO Architects, both based in Oslo.
Sitting on a steeply sloping site, the building has two entrances. The winning proposal makes clear divisions between the visitor, exhibition and archive functions.
This will be the first museum project for div A, an Anglo-Norwegian partnership between Henriette Salvesen and Christopher Adams. Chipperfield is also carrying out extensive work on the Museum Island in Berlin.
The extension to the Aust Agder museum is due to complete by 2010.by Ruth Slavid