The extension is the second addition has been created by this firm for the Lillehammer Art Museum and Lillehamer Cinema , having previously created an exhibition space for the 1960s building by Norwegian architect Erling Viksjø 22 years ago.
A box with a sculptural polished stainless-steel facade designed by the late Norwegian artist Bård Breivik cantilevers from the roof of a glazed volume hosting a children's workshop.
"The gallery's striking metallic wrapping reflects the surrounding context and changes its appearance with the light ," said the architects. "It is conceptually rooted in the sculptural idea of a shooting star , a dramatic symbol of the importance of Weidemann's contribution to Norwegian painting."
One cinema theatre is placed in the existing building , while the second is set below a garden between the original building and firm's first extension. This rocky garden was created by Breivik when Snøhetta carried out its initial renovation works over two decades ago.
"The integration of art , architecture , and landscape is an important feature in both Snøhetta and Erling Viksjø's work ," said the studio. "For the recent expansion , it has been important to again enhance these connecting spaces , bringing the three volumes together in one complete project. The circulation through the museum is significantly improved , with a new connection below the art garden enhancing the visitor experience."