DEBATTEN - The House of Photography

Student thesis: Master programme thesis

  • Karin Wshyar Darbandy
  • Magnus Harreskov Maagaard Kristensen
  • Mikkel Møller Timmermann
4. term, Architecture, Master (Master Programme)
This master thesis takes its basis in the open competition of a new museum of photography situated on the developing waterfront of the Bjørvika harbour in Oslo. To be more specific the southern point of Bjørvika called Sukkerbiten. It is evident the social interaction has a positive influence on the physical and psychological health. Therefore, the museum development must attract a wide array of visitors. The rural area beacons with cultural landmarks, such as the Edward Munch Museum and the Oslo Opera. The addition of the photographic museum must then finalize the cultural development on the Bjørvika district, and in harmonious relation to the existing structures develop a gathering point of multiple generations in formal and informal processes. The museum becomes a transformation of the traditional museum typology by breaking the elitist perception of art while establishing transparency to the city and becoming an educational institution for multiple user groups. The purpose of the museum is to expose the users to the socially relevant subjects, be it war, racism, sustainability, body positivity, etc., and allow the users to gather an opinion on the sorts, thus creating room for debate and discussion. This becomes the fundamental purpose of “Debatten - Fotografihuset” Conceptually, the museum of photography creates its monumentalism and recognisability through its wide reach and low height in comparison to the pylon monumentalism present in the close context. The museum then becomes a gathering point at eye level, with human scale in focus when designing the connectivity between interior and exterior spaces.
LanguageEnglish
Publication date27 May 2021
Number of pages215
ID: 412853930