Located on a steep slope overlooking the most beautiful of Greenland's fjords, the 3000 square meters National Gallery will serve as a cultural and architectural icon for the people of Greenland. The new museum will combine historical and contemporary art of the country in one dynamic institution. The winning proposal was selected by a unanimous museum board among 6 proposals, including Norwegian Snøhetta, Finnish Heikkinen-Komonen, Islandic Studio Granda and Greenlandic Tegnestuen Nuuk.
"The Board has a clear vision: to work for the establishment of an internationally oriented highly professional institution that communicates the continuous project of documenting and developing the Greenlandic national identity through art and culture. Our dream is a national gallery where historic and contemporary art meets circumpolar pieces, Nordic and world art in general. Our dream is an institution that stimulates our curiosity, awake our excitement with its thought-provoking design and where we all feel at home. Selecting a prominent architect as BIG, I am sure that our chances of realizing that dream are good," Tuusi Josef Motzfeldt, Greenland's National Gallery of Art.
"The Danish functionalistic architecture in Nuuk is typically square boxes which ignore the unique nature of Greenland. We therefore propose a national gallery which is both physically and visually in harmony with the dramatic nature, just like life in Greenland is a symbiosis of the nature. We have created a simple, functional and symbolic shape, where the perfect circle is supplied by the local topography which creates a unique hybrid between the abstract shape and the specific location"
-Bjarke Ingels, Founder and Partner, BIG.
"The building will with its simplistic coarseness and harmony with the landscape become a symbol of the current independent Greenlandic artistic and architectural expression."
-Andreas Klok Pedersen, Partner & Project Leader, BIG.
"Greenland National Gallery for Art will play a significant role for the citizens of Greenland and the inhabitants of Nuuk as a cultural, social, political, urban and architectural focal point that opens towards the city and the world through its perfect circular geometry and shape."
-Bjarke Ingels, Founder & Partner, BIG.
Project: Greenland National Gallery
Client: Nunatta Eqqumiitsulianik Saqqummersitsivia
Size: 3000 square meters
Location: Nuuk, Greenland
Collaboration: TNT Nuuk, Rambøll Nuuk, Arkitekti, MIR, Glessner Group
Partner in charge: Bjarke Ingels, Andreas Pedersen
Project leader: Jakob Henke
Team: Daniel Selensky, Ji-wooden young Yoon, Gul Ertekin, Aleksander Tokarz, Alessio Zenaro, Johan Cool