The building form is inspired by the eternal creative force of the glacier: how it breaks its way through terrains or retreats, then carves new, ever changing natural wonders into the landscape. These creations provide models for the spaces and forms found in the building.
Defined by an X-shaped plan, the building is divided into three parts so that it can be utilized in different ways, depending on the season. Its main ‘exhibitions and education’ axis is raised above both sides and creates a framework for an exhibition space and a library. This axis rises up from a ‘Rock Foundation’ like a living and ever changing glacier. The Rock Foundation, or service axis, crosses the exhibition axis and houses a café and restrooms in addition to staff facilities. Weaving through the two axes is the information path, terminating in an outdoor amphitheatre.