The maritime museum in randaberg, norway, is a building build based on strong contrasts. The contrast of the land meeting the ocean, the open versus the closed and the contrast between solid rock walls and smooth glass facades.
The ocean itself is very full of contrasts. Sometimes it is wild and rough and at other times it is calm and smooth.
The building’s curved volume symbolizes the great power that the water possesses at times when it is wild - and like a wave that washes over the coast, the buildings slings over the landscape. In the inner part op the museum the building wraps around a teardrop shaped pool of water and creates calmness and thoughtfulness. This symbolizes the ocean when it is calm.
At the inner pool the light is reflected from the water and into the museum’s core. The openness and the secrecy stands in great contrast. The well integrated building in the landscape stands in contrast to a strong visual expression.
The movement through the museum is an experience that changes when one passes through the building. The museum opens up at the entrance area to invite people in. After that it folds around itself an cuts the world off, so visitors can focus on the exhibition. Finally the museum opens up to the view of the ocean and this is where the restaurant and conference spaces are found.