Design a hybrid museum and/or a cultural and historical centre within Tromsø.
Register: APR/25/2021, Submit: APR/25/2021, Eligibility: Students, professionals; individually, teams up to 3 members, Fee: 15 USD (until APR/10/2021), 30 USD (APR/11 – APR/25/2021, Awards: Winner: 1,000 USD, 4 Runners-up: 250 USD each
Tromsø, a city in northern Norway, is a major cultural hub above the Arctic Circle. It’s famed as a viewing point for colourful Northern Lights that sometime light up the nighttime sky. The city’s historic centre, on the island of Tromsø, is distinguished by its centuries-old wooden houses. The 1965 Arctic Cathedral, with its distinctive peaked roof and soaring stained-glass windows, dominates the skyline. The compact city centre has the biggest concentration of historic wooden houses north of Trondheim, and they co-exist with modern architecture. The houses date from 1789 to 1904, when building wooden houses were banned in the city centre, as in several other Norwegian cities. The oldest house in Tromsø is Skansen, built-in 1789 on the remains of a 13th-century turf rampart.
The Polar Museum, Polarmuseet, situated in a wharf house from 1837, presents Tromsø’s past as a centre for Arctic hunting and starting point for Arctic expeditions.
Being a major cultural and historical hub for Norway, Tromsø has a dire requirement for a global-level cultural centre that brings tourists to Tromsø or Norway at large – and provides them with the original ‘Arctic Experience’, without having to visit the North Pole.
The challenge is to design a hybrid museum/cultural and historical centre within Tromsø – which attracts enthusiasts of the Arctic experience from around the world.
The heritage and attraction of the Polar Museum must not be hampered by the development/design of the museum of your Arctic Confluence.
The participating teams have complete liberty to propose a site (2,000 m2 – 5,000 m2) anywhere within the centre of the city Tromsø or within a 10 km radius of the city centre. Participants also have the freedom to decide the capacity for visitors.
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