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Why Snųhetta's "A House to Die In" Is One of Norway's Most Controversial Construction Projects

This article was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Inside the Design of Norway?s Most Controversial Building."

Rendering of proposed design for A House to Die In, as seen ascending the hill. Image © MIR and Snųhetta

This article was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Inside the Design of Norway?s Most Controversial Building."The sun is setting fast over a half-frozen hill about five miles west of Oslo. Named Kikkut after a now-demolished villa, the site neighbors Ekely, the old estate of Edvard Munch (itself now half razed), and save for some graffiti-covered detritus and an early crop of spring wildflowers, its peak is totally barren. Squinting northward to Munch?s Winter Atelier some 500 feet in the distance, it?s hard to believe this is the proposed site for A House to Die In: one of the most controversial building proposals in recent Norwegian history.The brainchild of Norway?s enfant terrible artist Bjarne Melgaard, the proposal for ?A House to Die In? is a luminescent, UFO-like living sculpture that doubles as a studio and home for Melgaard and his parents. With financial backing from two of the most powerful property developers in the country, the Selvaags and Sealbay A/S?longterm friends of the artist who also supplied the plot of land on the outskirts of the city?the Oslo-based Melgaard approached local Norwegian firm Snųhetta in 2011 with his idea for a combined artwork, studio?and final resting place.

Detail of the half-cubist, half-teddy bear support columns, which take on varying degrees of algorithm-assisted abstraction. Image © MIR and Snųhetta
With its ambiguous forms and incorporation of landscape, Snųhetta?s work has often betrayed a penchant for the weird and whimsical. It?s little surprise, then, that the architects found a perfect match in Melgaard?s notoriously saucy and controversial practice: an ever-growing list of scandals that includes a 2014 sculpture dubbed the ?racist chair? by news outlets, and an ongoing project titled The Casual Pleasure of Disappointment, in which Melgaard appropriates the aesthetics of Narcotics Anonymous to critique celebrity and fashion culture (even taking a dig at Rihanna in 2017).Perhaps equally unsurprising, Melgaard?s signature paper trail of negative press has followed ?A House to Die In,? lobbying criticisms which architects from Snųhetta say are largely unfounded. ?It?s shocking to read these reports of the project from journalists who haven?t engaged with us or Melgaard at all,? marvels the project architect Martin Brunner, on a recent afternoon in Snųhetta?s offices in central Oslo.

View from Munch?s Winter atelier with lines indicating where the House to Die In will stand on the site. Image Courtesy of Snųhetta

?Many suggest we are building directly upon Munch?s estate, or just next to his property, when in fact the site for the House is across the road and over 500 feet away,? adds the second...
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