Mather & Co worked with the Museum to collate sponsorship opportunities for the project and after a hugely successful campaign, the project was given the go ahead last month. The design consultancy has a clear vision for the exhibition, which will celebrate Norway’s unique position as ‘the cradle of skiing’ and its success in Winter Olympic sports.
The project will see the relocation of the Norwegian Olympic Museum from its current site in Håkons Hall to Maihaugen as it sets its sights to re-design and reinterpret the existing collections to appeal to new and existing audiences, creating a state-of-the-art visitor experience.
Chris Mather, Managing Director at Mather & Co., said: “With a strong portfolio of similar projects, Mather & Co. is familiar with telling the Olympic story, especially after our work on the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. We’re confident we’ll convey the strong ties this country has to the Olympic Games. This will be our first development in Scandinavia and we’re extremely excited to be working there.”
The museum will use key audio-visual displays to tell the story of the 1952 Olympic Games in Oslo and the 1994 Games in Lillehammer as well as taking the audience through the history of the Olympic Games from Ancient Greece to present day.
The Scandinavian influence will be at the heart of the design with the central feature taking inspiration from the iconic ski jump at the Lillehammer games and aurora borealis lighting features to reflect the Norwegian landscape.
Bente Molvig, director at Norwegian Olympic Museum said: “Norway has always had strong links to the Olympic Games and the museum has always been a popular attraction for both tourists and locals. We’re delighted to be giving the Norwegian Olympic Museum a fresh look in its new location and thrilled with the proposed designs from Mather & Co. We’re confident that this is a positive move for the museum and will boost even more interest in our country’s Olympic history and sports heritage.”
Visitors will also be able to transport themselves to the visual splendour of the opening ceremonies and experience what it is like to be an athlete as they go ‘inside the race’.