In a discussion of the overall design of the Astrup Fearnley, which was built at the outermost point of the peninsula, Piano’s design process moves from the outside in. “The Museum starts outside, with the Sculpture Park an organic game of canals, bridges and lawns where sculptures of the Selvaag collection are displayed. Once inside, the visitors experience the temporary exhibition of the Astrup Fearnley Museum in a big double-height space, where natural light is filtered from a glass roof," as explained by the architectural statement. "The design of the glass roof strongly identifies the project. Its curved shape crosses the canal between the buildings. Slender steel columns, reinforced with cable rigging, seem to repeat the design of the sailboat masts in the harbor and on the Oslo Fjord.”
The Museum is a major part of a greater renovation play for Tjuvholmen and it's only been within the past couple decades that the peninsula was repurposed and re-envisioned for the general public. Launched by the heirs of the Fearnley shipbuilding family, the museum allows them to exhibit many of the works in their own extensive art collection dating back to the 1960s, features both Norwegian and international contemporary and modern art — including works by Jeff Koons, Richard Prince, Olafur Eliasson, Damien Hirst, Cindy Sherman, and many others.