'porsgrunn maritime museum and science center' by COBE architects + transform, porsgrunn, norway
all images courtesy COBE architects + transform
construction for the 'porsgrunn maritime museum and science center' in norway by copenhagen and berlin-based
practice COBE architects and danish firm transform has just begun. dedicated to the history of shipping which led to the
development of the encompassing industrial region, the structure overlooks a river which was also used for the process.
showing sensitivity to the quaint scale of the existing buildings, the square footprint is subdivided into nine volumes.
a series of pitched roofs oriented in diverse directions and heights cap each of the units. an aluminum facade wraps
the exterior to define the angles while responding to the continuously changing light and color conditions of the sky and water.
view of the museum and promenade overlooking the river
a promenade guides visitors to the interior's public functions which are arranged on the ground floor. a central stair leads away
from the multifunctional space and into the enclosed exhibitions of the first level. the ceilings range in height to create
clearly defined exhibits on smaller or larger collections but is flexible to unite the area showing the full extents of the white box.
view of museum within the landscape
site as it stands today
aerial view of ground level
aerial view of first level
aerial view with roof
model within site context
ground level detail
floor plan / level 0
floor plan / level 1
site outline diagram
nine volumes diagram
two stories diagram
building area diagram
museum in context diagram
location: porsgrunn, southern norway
client: telemark museum
program: maritime museum and science center
size: 1,700 m²
status: 1st prize 2009, design development started october 2009, completion 2011
collaborators: transform, sveco