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- National Log Driving Museum and Wetland Centre, Fetsund, Norway.
- Our entry proposal in open competion.
- About the competitionn: Museums in Akershus in 2020 organised an international contest to design a museum dedicated to the National Log Driving Museum and Competence Centre for Wetlands. The site is located 30km east of Oslo and has over 400m long bank overlooking River Glomma. The new building will be cr. 7,000 sqm. Log driving (the traditional technique of moving logs downstream using the river current) has been used to move timber in Norway since the 13th century. The Fetsund Booms, known locally as the Fetsund Lenser, is a former industrial site which played an important role in Norway’s log driving industry between 1861 and 1985 when the practice ceased. The aim is to create a museum and a leading centre for research, documentation, management and communication of knowledge of the local, regional, national and international history of log driving and to raising awareness on how valuable are wetlands, both as a habitat for plants and animals, and as an important natural resource for humans. Concept description: The intention behind the proposed design is to create a building whose form expresses the rudiment essence of the log driving industry and complements or creates an uninterrupted background for the existing wetland context. The simple form, resembling a large log on the bank, has a unique and recognisable silhouette. The design has been inspired by the traditional boat building form, and with added elements of the monumental-like architecture, strongly indicates its cultural function. The proposed setting enhances activities along the existing bank as well as in the river. The proposed wide pier provides a strong connection between the building and the river Glomma. The pier allows for various water activities, future arriving by boats and exploration of the life hidden in the river. The building front facade bends toward the river stretching its length and opening up the views up and down the river.