Viking Horn Museum

  • Cornelius Tulloch, B.Arch. 2021
  • Hometown Miami, Florida
  • Class ARCH 1102 Design II (first-year studio)
  • Instructor Val Warke
    Luben Dimcheff

This museum is located on the northern coast of Iceland and takes inspiration from the spatial effects created by displacing earth in the construction of traditional Icelandic turf houses. It is designed using a system that displaces earth on multiple levels, leaving the imprint of this process along the face of a sloping facade generated by excavation. Theses displaced spaces create light wells and thermal vents to regulate heating. The process serves as a generative mechanism that carves space along shearing sections of landmass. Visitors are led through the museum by the light created from light wells. The private collections, consisting of more intimate spaces, have the least amount of natural light within them, while public spaces allow in greater amounts of natural light. Visitors are consumed by the landscape as they enter the museum, and are displaced onto the upper level as they exit.