Road trip! This morning we checked out from our apartment and got our rental car (rental place was a block away from our apartment - convenient!) to hit the road. We headed north to the town of Hamar. The longer we drove it started to become more mountainous and exciting. In Hamar we stopped at to have lunch by the lake and see a museum called Hedmark.
Hedmark was at one time a bishop's castle before being destroyed (we didn't know because most of the content was in Norwegian) and later a farm was built over the ruin. The museum is by architect Sverre Fehn who was one of Norways most prolific modernist architects. It is a series of of concrete rooms and ramps set inside the farmhouse, with portions of the roof shingles being replaced by glass shingles of the same shape. A concrete ramp then takes you out from the end of the farmhouse and into the courtyard area on which a number of ruins are exposed. A couple other small pavilion rooms showcase areas of significance.
Set adjacent to the castle ruin/farmhouse portion is the ruin of the church which is not enclosed by a glass structure that is calibrated to create the exact same acoustic quality of the original church as showcases by the attendant who are tasked to sing for guests to showcase this quality, and indeed her voice resonated in the glass quite powerfully. The glass structure was added slightly later by architect Kjell Lund. Evidently this angered Sverre Fehn who was offended he was not immediately offered the commission.
We continued onto Lillehammer which is further North. Here we stopped into the contemporary art museum there by architects Snøhetta, same as the Opera house just a lot earlier in their career 199??. The museum didn't have as much work that stood to us as it was a smaller local museum but there was some interesting "construction drawings" of these somewhat elaborate jewellery pieces. There is also small addition to the museum done more recently by Snøhetta which has a very reflective and distorted facade.
We wandered around a bit before checking in at our room across the lake and bought some cinnamon loaf. After finally getting across the lake after some confusion with google maps we continued to explore and take photos from the long pedestrian bridge. It eventually started storming and we luckily and quickly. found refuge under a gazebo we happened to be near in the park we walked through. Once it lightened up after a long while we grabbed "American style pizza" (haha) from a place nearby that was still open as we waited for the rest of the rain to subside to finally walk back across the lake.