Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
New restaurant and service building in Møre og Romsdal, Norway by Reiulf Ramstad Architects
September 8th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Reiulf Ramstad Architects
It’s a new cursor at the foot of the Troll Wall; The architecture of the new visitors`center next to E139 is an outcome of the sites` close connection to the impressive mountain wall, one of Norways many nature attractions. The building has a simple, though flexible plan, with a characteristic roof that has its character from the majestetic surrounding landscape. These simple ways of design gives the building its character and identity that makes the Service center an eye-catcher and an architectural attraction in the region.
REIULF RAMSTAD ARCHITECTS (RRA)
COLLECTIVE RESOURCES AND STRUCTURE
Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter (RRA) is an independent architectural firm with a high level of expert knowledge and a distinct ideology. In Norway RRA plays a leading role within its field with a strong conceptual approach combined with experience from past accomplished projects. Over the last 15 years the office has produced a wide range of innovative and ground breaking projects and through this experienced the overall process, from the first concept phase to the completion of high quality projects. The firm has shown a multitude of approaches in solving assignments, both national and internationally and we have received numerous of prices and awards for our projects.
KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE
Architecture is an art discipline concerning purpose and space, an academic subject that covers widely: From pure Engineering and Physics to Art and the awareness of space. Creating meaningful architecture is both challenging and demanding. Architecture unites a specific space with people’s life in a way that secures their sense of belonging, as well as making it possible for the place itself to endure through time. This makes it viable for RRA to consider architecture as a significant factor in social affairs. It is the aim of RRA to use its gained academic resources to create an innovative and contemporary, yet timeless form of architecture. With its architecture, RRA wish to develop projects that are well adjusted to their context and who represent values of utility as well as high artistic quality. By using its knowledge and qualification, RRA strives to accomplish an architecture that is unique. Lytt til.
THE UNDERSTANDING OF LANDSCAPE
All of RRA’s design is related to the consideration of landscape as the contextual raw material. A landscape may contain a diverse character in form of being a physical, describable room as well a cultural framework. RRA work with demanding tasks of landscape design in several of the office’s current assignments. The firm has completed projects that include urban development, parks, river landscape and transformation of cultivated and natural landscapes.
TYPE OF COMMISSIONS
RRA is one of the few studios in Norway today with such a degree of diverse assignments. The projects are geographically spread and take place in a manifold of contexts, from compact urban locations to dramatic and uncultivated landscapes. The portfolio of the office contains commissions with huge contrasts in relation to scale, context, budget and demand of function. The office has attained most of its projects by participating in open or invited competitions, and this is still the main endeavor of the office. RRA has been awarded prizes for 2/3 of its participated competitions.
This emphasizes the conceptual and academic strength of the office. Our commissioners all have unique objectives with their projects. RRA has gained competence in solving assignments of great diversity, and this in an innovative and independent manner. Our employees have gained planning expertise, landscape understanding, and knowledge of environmental friendly design through experience, studies and research. Large scale or complexity alone doesn’t decide the quality of the architecture. Architecture and design is about space, and how it reasons with our needs, cultural understanding and senses.
RRA attain the adequate capacity to carry out competitions and full projects. Our method of operating is grounded on a professional model which ensures rationality, flexibility and quality in relation to our assignments and the statutory regulations and laws we work according to. In addition to our permanent staff, we have a set of general agreements with co-working firms and suppliers of competence that enables us to gain access to expert knowledge for our assignments.
CONSTITUTION OF PERSONELL:
10 Graduate Architects
2 Administrative positions
1 Graphic designer
RRA – APPROACH / METHODOLOGY
RRA’s multidisciplinary make-up is a reflection of its methodology. Since every project is regarded unique, it is necessary to rethink the approach down to the most basic parameters. The key notion is that a clear grasp of context must be sought through in-depth analysis, and that this process of clarification is a necessary guideline for the kind of focused creativity that good architecture is based on.
By letting every process start out as a reflexive interplay between factual analysis and intuition, a project’s main idea may evolve from almost anything – from purely programmatic needs to coincidental discoveries. This approach means that with every project the team as a whole has approved the emergent design, thus eliminating later-stage conflicts between idea and feasibility.
RRA – PHILOSOPHY
Whatever is iconic must be perfect, whatever is perfect must be lucid, whatever is lucid must be simple, and whatever is simple must be bold.
Clear thinking, bold design.
The RRA philosophy is to create contemporary architecture characterized by clarity of thought. Clarity depends on two things: analysis and decisiveness. The first is a matter of method, the second one of mind-set. When a sensitive interpretation of a location yields a set of essential characters, this opens up for creative decisiveness.
With the uniqueness of every site and context as our point of departure we employ a distinct and limited architectural palette characterized by a strong focus on natural materials and a sense of a location’s individual spatiality. Each project becomes a unique departure when highly individual design emerges from a set of clearly defined and controlled elements. RRA’s architecture is distinguished by innovative tectonic forms that interpret the spatial continuity between exterior and interior landscapes in new ways. This is underscored by material choices and structural solutions that purposely express the possibilities and natural qualities of specific materials.
On a basis of careful attunement to the unique location, a structure must also express global references and adheres to the specific program. We believe that the fault-lines between these two perspectives should be underscored rather than blurred, and that outstanding architecture is defined by clear and simple ruptures that bring attention to the transitions. This invokes presence and attention rather than the ambiguous comfort of familiarity and standardization.
The design-approach further concentrates on function as an open term, and seeks to articulate spatial solutions that reflect both diversity and the notion of continuous change. Architecture must accommodate the restless mind of human society by way of functional flexibility, but at the same time it must counter the acceleration and unrest by manifesting tranquillity and timeless belonging.
Clarity of thought engenders bold design. RRA’s architecture seeks to expose the tension between the local and the global, the natural and the artificial; between virtual and real space and between immobility and change. We believe that it is from decisiveness about the tensions and transitions that great architecture is born.
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