A new museum housing the evocative works of Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, most famously known for The Scream, is now taking shape in Oslo. The world-famous artist bequeathed his vast collection — amounting to 28,000 paintings, sketches, photographs and sculptures — to the Norwegian capital. The current Munch Museum has proven insufficient, with Oslo's city council voting in 2008 to construct a new facility in the rapidly urbanizing neighbourhood of Bjørvika.

Lambda rendering, image via estudio Herreros

In 2009, Spanish architect Juan Herreros' Lambda proposal came out on top in a design competition. The 12-storey-tall building greets the street with a three-storey plinth containing public services. The tower will house exhibition areas, offices, workshops and storage. Covered in glass, the building's upper levels are lopsided and contain a terrace, viewing platform and members club.

Lambda has been the subject of much criticism, mainly centred on the height and massing of the scheme. The project was put on hold shortly after the design competition results, but then returned to the public consciousness in 2013.

Lambda Oslo under construction, image by Flickr user astrid westvang via Creative Commons

A recent construction update shows the topped-out building mostly naked, with the exception of some window installations. Its full height now realized, the new museum is on track for opening in 2020.

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