Rendering of the Munch Museum, Oslo, designed by Herreros.
OSLO – Oslo city officials have finally given the green light to a contested new Munch Museum project. Several years of negotiations have resulted in approval for the building designed by architecture firm Herreros with a budget NOK 2.8 billion (USD 430 million).
The trove ofartworks given by artist Edvard Munch to the city will be moved from the Toyen district to a eastern waterfront site next to the Opera House. Some objected to the museum’s design as overshadowing the opera house. The so-called « Lambda’ design will be a glass high-rise that appears tilting.
The acting city politician in charge of cultural affairs, Anne Siri Koksrud Bekkelund from the Liberal Party, said the museum “will mean more tourists in Oslo both from within and outside the country.” The opening would be in 2019.