Since 2011, Norwegian artist, Bjarne Melgaard and Snøhetta have exchanged drawings, models and documents as we work towards the realization of a private residence, where Melgaard will live and work. The project is commissioned by the Selvaag family and Sealbay AS,
The collaborative process between Melgaard and Snøhetta is a ongoing dialogue resulting in Snøhetta`s interpretation of Melgaard`s two-dimentional and analogue drawings into three-dimentional digital renderings of the object.
The project is located in the western part of Oslo on a site called “Kikkut” where the villa “Kikkut” was located until it was demolished in 1989.
The site is neighboring “Ekely”, the former property of Munch and location of his winter atelier and residential villa. Munchs villa “Ekely” was demolished in 1960. Today the site “Kikkut” is adjacent to the “artists’ colony" Ekely” which was built in the 1950s on Munchs property.
“A House to Die In” will be built on the footprint of the former villa “Kikkut” , which is approximately 170m south of Edward Munchs winter atelier at “Ekely”.
In 1997, the whole area was protected under a national conservation law in order to maintain the artistic character of Ekely and Edward Munchs legacy.
The main entrance to “A House to Die In” is at street level at St. Georgs Vei and leads into an underground volume. The narrow underground entrance tunnel is below the existing excess road over the site
The atelier below ground follows the footprint of the former villa “Kikkut”. The overground house is built of black burned oak. A naturally grown green area of oak, ash, and pine trees surround the house. Existing paths over the site are maintained and open to the public, leaving the inside - underground and above ground - as the private space for the artist. The building rests on a shallow water basin.
Interpretation of Melgaard’s two-dimensional and analogue drawings through three-dimensional digital renderings of the objects.
In 2012 “A House to Die In” was exhibited at the ICA, London, presenting a full scale mockup of the burned wood facade along with Melgaards original drawings, working models and artefacts.