Like a Viking ship on the sea, Arneberg’s building floats inside the grassy roof-scape of its extension. The expression of the new landscape and roof of the project acts as a reference to the museum’s vessels crossing a vivid sea, but also become a reminder of the Viking’s traditional ship graves and burial hills, in where the three vessels were found. The visitors can now experience the excitement of the ship’s finding and the full vast and elaborative collection of the museum in a newly interpreted way.
The structural design supports the architectural concept by actively using the intended geometry for an integrated structural solution. It consists of a large span, free form shell roof, which aims to primarily carry its own load via a careful modelling of the support points, the edge beams and the curvature of the shell.
Once inside the structure, a newly designed “Icon Trail” leads the visitors through the new museum. Chronologically ordered, it opens up to the visitor in the museum’s big rotunda, giving an introduction with the Vikings’ concept of death and afterlife. Therefore the roof-lights can suggest an architectonical interpretation of the entrance to Valhalla, adding up to the sacral narrative of the historic building and overlaying the experience with the findings of the three Viking graves.