Magpie's Nest

M.Skrede, D.Fosse

Project information

  1. Location Bergen‚ Norway
  2. Area300 m²

Project details

  1. Design by Kristin Jarmund Architects (now part of Nordic)
  2. Year2008 — 2017
  3. StatusCompleted
  4. Client Vestlandske Kunstindustrimuseum
  5. Enquiries Graeme Ferguson

As the fairytales say, the magpie steals silver! The idea behind the project is to create an abstract Magpie’s Nest in order to display Norway’s most important silver collection. The objects on display share similar characteristics in that they are small and should be studied close up and be visible from multiple angles.

The nest makes this possible; its spatial composition of horizontal display cabinets allow the objects to be studied from all angles. Additionally, an opening in the nest’s construction allows the exhibition to be seen from the inside. Visually the nest is a combination of stacked glass components with interwoven solid branches, giving it a nuanced but gentle play, reflecting light whilst creating a neutral backdrop for the exhibited objects.

The exhibition was officially opened by HRH Queen Sonja in May 2009.