Karmøy Fishing Museum
Flexible Exhibition Space


Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Architecture


Cantilevering slightly over the North Sea horizon where it leaves the ground, it feels as if a container has been dropped informally upon the site, when visitng the Karmøy Fishing Museum. Very early in the design process it was imagined to propose a concrete tube-like building, open at both ends, placed carefully onto the landscape.

Technical details

Museum & Gallery

Karmøy Fishing Museum

500 m2

In the future the museum can be lengthened. The entrance wall could simply be replaced, whereas the window towards the water would remain as a framed view, describing the departure point of the structure.

Photo: © Jiri Havran

The outside concrete walls are designed to become overgrown by the local lichen just by adding sour milk and nutrition to the concrete surfaces. Slowly the walls would then adopt the character of its surroundings. These surfaces are only partially broken by the two square windows at each long side of the building and by the wall of woven juniper branches near the entrance.

Imacon Color Scanner

Photo: © Jiri Havran

The interior is a one-space museum, similar to the space within a “cargo container,” a nickname which has been adopted by the local public. This allows for full flexibility for exhibitions within the four walls of the museum.

Photo: © Jiri Havran