Rockheim Museum, Trondheim, Norway
Rockheim, located in Trondheim, Norway, is a museum responsible for the collection, preservation, and cultivation of Norwegian popular music. A team of cultural historians, archivists and music experts are collating a rich archive of Norwegian rock music and pop culture, forming an invaluable resource for historians and music fans alike.
Trondheim has always had a thriving music scene, best known for its danseband (dance bands) and heavy rock bands, such as the popular TNT and its reputation as an important musical hub made it an ideal location for the museum. Rockheim is housed in a stunning converted grain factory in the Trondheim harbour, with spectacular views overlooking the fjord. The conversion, completed in 2010, was the work of the Norwegian architectural firm, Pir II Architects. The rustic style of the 1920s warehouse has largely been retained, with the addition of a modern upper level – an appropriate merging of the old and new. The internal space of the warehouse is transformed dramatically to house the new uses. The decision to build the museum in the industrial area of Brattøra was an important step towards the renewal and regeneration of the area.
The most impressive element of the design is the new boxed roof, which sits on top of the warehouse and is adorned with Norwegian LP covers, 20 of which were voted for by the public. These images are painted onto a glass exterior, with 14,000 LED lights shining from behind, allowing the colour of the façade to be constantly changed.
Rockheim’s distinctive design is the creation of the American company Parallel World Labs, led by the Canadian artist and new media installation designer Stacey Spiegel. Parallel World Labs have made a reputation for themselves through their creation of ‘location-based digital spectacles’. Rockheim prides itself on being a highly interactive museum, offering visitors a dynamic experience, with six floors of interactive displays. It is designed to allow visitors to choose and trigger different sounds, photo images and videos. On offer is a collection of 25,000 photos, 210,000 songs and 4,000 videos. The museum’s interactive setup makes it particularly appealing for the younger generation, though it is also sure to attract an older cohort of nostalgic music lovers.
For more information visit www.rockheim.no