"This museum reinterprets the agricultural traditions of southwestern Norway, but without sentimentality. The museum addresses Norwegian culture at its most earthy, yet does so with a sure touch, and it never descends to trickery or the obvious"
- Architectural Review 1996
The museum Vitengarden, designed by architects Einar Myklebust, Thomas Helliesen, Lars Hallgren, opened in 1995 and was completed in 2002. It's part of Jærmuseet, an museum organization that has several branches with different themes.
The building is a modern interpretation of regional identity and almost becomes a part of the distinct and vulnerable landscape. My thoughts are drawn to the old iron- and Bronze Age houses, and most of all- the local "jærhouses".
The extensive use of stone represents the old building traditions of the treeless Jæren region, where timber was a rare and expensive commodity and fieldstone often covered three sides of the house. The houses were low and ground hugging, due to the lack of sheltering features in the flat landscape, with a "skut" on each side for peat storage, one facing north, one south. This resulted in a low slanted shape that let the strong winds from the prevailing directions pass easily over the house. This also gave the houses a landscape- like character that I recognize in this museum building, and which is also very evident in the work of late architect Per Line (who was in the jury for the new museum)
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