NEWS

21
Jun
2022

The heavy water war

Kvorning Design and partners, Icelandic Gagarin, and Creative Technology, Norway, have won two commissions from the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum, NIA, to develop and realise the conceptual narrative for Tungtvannskjelleren, the heavy water room and research site where the world-changing Norwegian sabotage mission “Operation Gunnerside” took place.

Tungtvannskjelleren, located at the Vemork hydroelectric plant near Rjukan, Norway, is a historic national heritage site of Norwegian and international significance. When the “heavy water room” reopens, visitors will experience the story of the famous sabotage action that took place there in 1943.

As the scene of perhaps the most important event in Norway’s war history, Tungtvannskjelleren is a key destination for history education and a monument to the Second World War. It is a place for learning and reflection, where innovative design must engage and captivate the audience to deliver a compelling history.

Opening: 18 June and September 2022

 

 

 

30
May
2022

A classic new universe for the senses

Kvorning Design is contracting with Classic Car House to create turnkey exhibitions for the upcoming Classic Car House – a classic new universe for the senses, for which work is now underway in Kongens Lyngby, Denmark. Taking the former Agricultural Museum and Virumgård as a focal point, and while still maintaining respect for the spirit of the site, Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects and landscape architect Julie Kierkegaard are currently in full swing renovating, expanding and building new square meters of exhibition space.

Classic Car House will have a total area of ​​around 25,000 square meters for experiences, exhibitions, a showroom, a car hotel, restaurant/bistro as well as concert and conference facilities. Based on the master plan for all exhibitions – both temporary and more permanent installations – our task now is to bring together the buildings and exhibition concepts to create immersive, spectacular experiences at a world-class level.

Classic Car House will be the destination of choice for anyone passionate about beautiful vintage cars, historic buildings and parks. Something to look forward to it!

Opening: May 2023 / Photo: Classic Car House

24
May
2022

Kvorning Design team wins Nidaros Cathedral commissions

Kvorning Design and partners, SLA and Substrata, win two commissions from the Nidaros Cathedral’s Restoration Workshop, Norway. Both related to Trondheim’s world famous and almost a thousand years old Nidaros Cathedral and the Archbishop’s Palace.

Kvorning and partners will be developing a feasibility study and general space planning for the surrounding exteriors, courtyards and workshops – and furthermore creating a concept for the many permanent and temporary exhibitions in the Archbishop’s Palace including the Norwegian Royal Regalia. The aim is an updated storyline and new solutions for future use of both interiors and exteriors to ensure a much more active dialogue than today.

 

 

 

13
May
2022

Keynote speech in Istanbul

Historian and Project Developer Ivan Asseev, Kvorning Design, delivers keynote speech, ‘Touching the Untouchables’, on revitalisation of World Heritage sites by exhibition design, memorialization, inclusion, and identites at Heritage Istanbul, Turkey.

 

04
May
2022

Kvorning in London and Istanbul

Meet Kvorning in London and Istanbul in May! Arne Kvorning and Gitte Olsson attend the M+H Show 2022 – Drop by Olympia London, stand G1, on the 12-13 May! Ivan Asseev, Kvorning Design, is keynote at Heritage Istanbul 2022 in Turkey on  the 13 May speaking about ‘Touching the Untouchables. World Heritage Sites Revitalisation: exhibition design, memorialization, inclusion and identities.’

 

07
Apr
2022

Kvorning team wins commission for Tungtvannskjelleren

Kvorning Design team wins commission for Tungtvannskjelleren museum at Vemork in Norway. The site of heavy water experiments during the Second World War.

NIA director Anna Hereid says:

‘In light of present day Europe, it is vital that we place great demands on the telling of Norwegian history. The concept tendered by Kvorning Design, Gagarin and Creative Technology was chosen for its comprehensive and innovative experience concept, which not only provides a range of spectacular, engaging and diverse modes of narration, but also makes the space an attractive arena for conferences or other gatherings.’

Kvorning Design and partners, Gagarin and Creative Technology, won the commission from the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum, NIA, to develop and realise the conceptual narrative for Tungtvannskjelleren, the heavy water research site where the world-changing Norwegian sabotage action ‘Operation Gunnerside’ occurred.

Kvorning Design CEO Arne Kvorning says:

‘Tungtvannskjelleren has been a dream project for a number of years. I know the history very well and immediately invited myself for a visit once the cellar was accessible’.

 

 

02
Apr
2022

Pre-realisation of HCA project

Pre-realisation of H.C. Andersen Art Center project at Lerchenborg south of Kalundborg, Denmark, on the storyteller’s birthday, April 2.

 

30
Mar
2022

Exhibition Concept for Loc 207

The Krøderbanen line, Norway’s longest railway museum and one of Scandinavias largest museum railways, celebrates 150 years in 2022.

Kvorning Design creates concept for Loc 207, at the Krøderen Station on behalf of the Buskerud Museum in Hallingdal, Norway.

 

16
Mar
2022

Bergen Maritime Museum 2.0

Bergen residents are to receive their very own Maritime Museum of the future. The place to meet, hang out and learn about themselves, each other and their own city together with family members spanning across different generations, while being present for and actively participating in a living debate put together by researchers, bloggers and Bergen locals.

The consortium of Kvorning Design (as lead partner), Gagarin and Creative Technology is responsible for the master plan for Bergen Maritime Museum 2.0, created for the Museum West Foundation in Bergen, Norway. The contract includes the development of an overall concept with visualisations, ideas and potential solutions for exhibitions (2500 m2) plus administration and forecourt, a new entrance and a new building in the museum’s inner courtyard. The project was won via competition

16
Mar
2022

Les Glaces Racontent – Frozen Archives

In November 1992, ‘Les Glaces Racontent – Frozen Archives’ put the story of Danish ice core research on the international agenda with a large-scale, European travel exhibition, which HRH Prince Joachim officially inaugurated at The House of Denmark; Denmark’s showcase situated on the Champs Elysées, Paris, France. A thrilling and interactive travelling story about the Greenland Ice Core Project (GRIP), which was funded by the Danish Ministry of Education, and administered by the Danish Polar Center. We were responsible for exhibition design.

Ice cores from the Greenland ice sheet capture extensive information about past climate conditions. They tell us how the Earth’s temperature has changed over more than 100,000 years. Layers of rain and snow effectively store a thermometer. This reveals the temperature of the cloud from which the precipitation fell. A discovery we can thank geophysicist Willi Dansgaard (1922-2011) and his research team for. In July 1992, they made climate research history by hitting the bedrock at a depth of 3029 metres with the ice core drill, ISTUK.