- LOCATION: JØSSING FJORD, NO
- CLIENT: DALANE MUNICIPALITY
- SIZE: 1.500 m² NEW BUILDING
- YEAR: 2010
- STATUS: COMPETITION PROPOSAL, HONOURABLE MENTION – CLOSED
- ARCHITECT: CEBRA
The Jøssing Fjord Centre is a combined mining and geology museum. If the outside exhibition areas are also taken into consideration, the area can be seen as a small magma park. The museum building is set just outside Jøssing in beautiful natural surroundings, next to the former mines and the power station that produced electricity for the mining activities.
Inspired by broken rocks and the mining industry, we named the proposal “Cairn”. We wanted to create a raw atmosphere using rough building materials, where the actual forms and design are a direct result of a special and somewhat primitive technique. The basic structure – a four-armed star plan – is cast in concrete around an intermediate massive core built from bales of straw. As the heavy concrete weighs down the straw, which is already slightly uneven, a bumpy and unpredictable space emerges. When the straw is removed, an exhibition space, very similar to a traditional mine, appears. On the outside, the main structure is covered with large rocks turning it into a big pile of stones, like a gigantic cairn with occasional panoramic windows. It blends harmoniously into the surroundings in an almost camouflage-like manner, and yet it also manages to stand as a beacon in the landscape, a point to aim at and explore.