A Place to Be. Contemporary Norwegian Architecture 2011–2016

9 June 2017–19 November 2017

National Museum – Architecture

A floating rental cabin along the harbourside in Oslo, co-living units with a clear social and sustainable profile, a memorial site at Utøya, some of the largest urban transformation projects in Norwegian history and a visitor centre for prehistoric cave paintings that gently burrows into the landscape in Lascaux, France.

“A Place to Be. Contemporary Norwegian Architecture 2011–2016” presents a selection of 25 projects dating from the past five years. All the projects were designed by Norwegian and international architects in Norway as well as foreign projects designed by Norwegian architects.

Norwegian characteristics

What architectural projects have influenced the architectural scene in Norway over the past five years? Is it possible to identify characteristic features in Norwegian architecture today? How does today’s Norwegian architecture reflect key values and trends in society in general?


The exhibition invites the spectators to reflect on these and other questions. For example, how architecture can contribute to create a sense of belonging and security, and to revitalize towns and villages threatened by depopulation.

“A Place to Be” is the eighth edition in a long-running series of exhibitions showcasing contemporary Norwegian architecture since 1978.


National Museum – Architecture


Press Contact: Elise Lund

Curator: Markus Richter

Curator Education: Anne Marit Lunde

Project Manager: Cathrine Furuholmen

Exhibition Design and Art Direction: U67 (Fabio Gigone, Angela Gigliotti)

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