The Whale Museum by Dorte Mandrup.

The Architecture of the New The Whale Museum in Norway and Ancient Art

Regia Marinho
4 min readNov 1, 2020


The Whale, Norway. The new Arctic attraction. Expected to open to the public in 2022.

“If size really mattered, the whale, not the shark, would rule the waters.”
Matshona Dhliwayo

The Whale is the latest piece of contemporary architecture planned for the Arctic Circle.

It is located 185 miles north of the Arctic Circle on the island of Andøya, The Whale gives an unique view of the natural landscape and seaside.

The Whale, tells the story of the big inhabitants of this underwater world.

The museum is just another step in transforming the Arctic into a premier travel destination.

Projeto and Photo by Dorte Mandrup.

The building rises like a gentle hill on the rocky coast.

A single curved concrete shell makes up the roof of The Whale.

Top of the shell. Photo Dorte Mandrup.

This parabolic form transmits the forces to three support points in the corners of the building.

And results in creating a large, inner column-free room.

© Dorte Mandrup.

Interior of the museum.

by Dorte Mandrup.

The inside area is for exhibition spaces, offices, a café, and a store. Also it has large picture windows for a visual connection between interior and exterior.

The large windows are for whale watching and also to provide a wonderful view as part of the visitor’s experience.



Regia Marinho

I write about ideas, technology, the future and inspire the world through art. Artist. Civil engineer.