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DNB Bank Headquarters Main Building in Oslo, Norway by MVRDV

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Article source: MVRDV

The central building of DNB’s new bank headquarter cluster developed by Oslo S Utvikling (OSU) is completed. The MVRDV designed main building has 17 unique floors and a surface of 36,500m2. The pixelated volume based on small-scale working units adapts to the various influences of the urban context, combining an efficient and flexible internal organisation with a variety of specific communal spaces such as the main entrance lobby, a transparent trading floor, a sheltered public passage, respect for urban view lines and collective terraces overlooking the fjord to the south. The glass and brick exterior expresses both the transparency and stability of DNB as a modern financial institution.

Image Courtesy Jiri Havran

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Project: DNB Bank Headquarters Main Building
  • Location: Oslo, Norway
  • Photography: Jiri Havran, Jeroen Musch

Twisted House in Kvitfjell, Norway by JVA

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012


High in the mountain, 1000m above the ocean and close to the ski slopes, the cabin reflects the contours in the terrain to make room for a large family on holiday.
The cabin has seven floor levels connected differently to the surrounding terrain. These levels give various internal and external views.

Twisted Cabin-exterior (5) : Image Courtesy © JVA

  • Project: Twisted House
  • Location: Kvitfjell, Norway
  • Building Type: Cabin
  • Client: Withheld at the owners Request
  • Size: 360 sqm
  • Schedule: Finished 2011
  • Consultants: AS Fredriksen
  • Primary Architects: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Claes Cho Heske Ekornaas


Cultural center Plassen in Norway, Oslo by 3XN

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Article source: 3XN

The Norwegian city of Molde has just 25,000 inhabitants, but every July the biggest stars of jazz and about 100,000 jazz enthusiasts flock to the town’s world famous international jazz festival. In designing the city’s new cultural center, the challenge faced by 3XN was to create a building that was flexible and robust enough to provide a framework for cultural life on both scales.

Image Courtesy © 3XN

  • Architects: 3XN
  • Project: Cultural center Plassen
  • Location: Norway, Oslo
  • Project Type: Cultural Building
  • Functions: theater, concert hall, cafe, gallery, library, exhibition space
  • Client: Molde Kulturbyg AB
  • Construction Period: 2009 – 2012
  • Inauguration: July 2012
  • Size: 5,800 m2
  • Price: 187 million Norwegian kroner
  • Contractor: Brødrende Røsand AS
  • Engineer: Norconsult AS
  • Interior Designer: 3XN
  • Landscape: Molde Municipality


Sogn & Fjordane Art Museum in Førde, Norway by C.F. Møller Architects

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Article source: Anne Krull

The small Norwegian town of Førde draws its qualities from its interaction with the surrounding mountains, which are visible everywhere, and from Jostedalsbreen, the largest glacier on the European mainland, which lies in close proximity to the town.

Image Courtesy C.F. Møller Architects

  • Architect: C.F. Møller Architects
  • Project: Sogn & Fjordane Art Museum
  • Location: Førde, Norway
  • Client: Sogn & Fjordane, Futurum AS
  • Construction: Åsen & Øvrelid
  • Landscape: Schønherr Landskab
  • Engineers: Hjellnes Consult, Sweco AS, Nord Vest Miljø AS
  • Size: 3,000 m2
  • Construction: 2010-2012
  • Prizes: 1st Prize in architectural competition, 2006


An innovative approach to hospital design in Bergen, Norway by C. F. Møller Architects

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Article source: C. F. Møller Architects

A whole new kind of hospital – that is how the jury described the winning proposal by C. F. Møller Architects for a new 10,000 m2 ward building for Haraldsplass Hospital in Bergen, Norway. Gone are the traditional hospital corridors, to be replaced by open common areas and efficient logistics.

Haraldsplass Hospital was built in 1986 and has approximately 184 beds. The new building will cover 10,000 m2 and give the hospital a further 108 beds on three storeys. There will also be new underground parking facilities for approximately 400 cars.

Exterior view


Forest Stair in Stokke, Norway by Saunders Architecture (designed using ArchiCAD)

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Article source: Saunders Architecture

This sculptural installation was designed for the Sti For Øye sculpture park in Stokke, set amongst the Vestfold oak forest to the south of Oslo. Working alongside landscape architect and professor Rainer Stange in order to create the infrastructure for a woodland walk past a series of artists’ installations, Saunders proposed a series of steel and wooden walkways set at the highest point of the site, looking east towards Slottsfjellet, or castle rock. The design plays with the idea of an artificially facilitated foray up above the forest floor, an elevated viewpoint that would otherwise be unavailable to the visitor.

Forest Stair

  • Architects: Saunders Architecture
  • Project: Forest Stair
  • Location: Stokke, Norway
  • Client: Stokke Municipality and Sti For Øye Sculptural Park
  • Team architects: Todd Saunders, Attila Béres, Ken Beheim-Schwarzbach, general contractor and carpenter, Timber AS, Anders Frøstrup
  • Steel consultants and builders: Jotne Mekaniske Verksteder AS, Terje Johannessen, Christian Larsson, Helge Thorsen
  • Landscape architects: Rainer Stange, Dronninga Landskap
  • Size: 30 m2; 11 m length, 1.2 to 3.5 m width, 4.5 m height
  • Status: Finished January 2012
  • Software used: ArchiCAD


The Arch Cultural Center in Mandal, Norway by 3XN

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Article source: 3XN

The Cultural Centre ”Buen” (The Arch) in the Southern Norwegian village of Mandal is shaped like a green blanket that elevates and integrates the building in the surrounding landscape. The glass façade opens up and exposes the lobby to the river bank allowing plenty of daylight into the building. The building is adjusted in colour, scale and proportion to the characteristic and picturesque Norwegian wooden houses by the river’s edge.

Image Courtesy Adam M¢rk

  • Architects: 3XN
  • Project: The Arch Cultural Center
  • Location: Havnegt. 2, 4515 Mandal, Norway
  • Client: Halse Property, Norway
  • Engineer: Rambøll, Norway
  • Landscape: Asplan Viak, Norway
  • Theatre Technique: AIX architects, Sweden


Northface House in Stavanger, Norway by Element Arkitekter AS

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Article source: Element Arkitekter AS

The existing house was built in 1969 as a twin to the neighboring building. It did not function well to the demands of 2008-living, neither in the room sizes nor in their solutions, and it had generally a need for restoration work.

Image Courtesy Dinesen

  • Architects: Element Arkitekter AS
  • Project: Northface House
  • Location: Stavanger, Norway
  • Type of Project: Single family house, restoration of old base and fundaments
  • Client: Anonymous
  • Team: Cathrine Vigander, Vidar Kutsen, Hallvard Huse and Alexander Wærsten
  • Consultants: Boye og Waage & Co AS, Jan Petter Dybdahl AS and Moelven Massivtre AS
  • Sustainability: Massive wood construction, Kebony wooden cladding and reuse of the old foundation and walls.
  • Gross Area: 277 sq.m.
  • Date of design : October 15, 2007
  • Date of completion: May 5, 2010


The Teachers House in Oslo, Norway by Element Arkitekter AS

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Article source: Element Arkitekter AS

Element won the competition in November 2004. Three offices were invited: Two well established architectural offices and Element as the “outsider”; a small office with young partners. Further planning started early 2005 and Element was invited to sit in the building committee (in this case me) where important strategic, architectural and economic issues were decided, in total 75 meetings. This was of outmost importance to Element and to the final result/quality. The local building authorities were involved in a very positive way from the very beginning. The same goes for the Byantikvaren, an authority that are interested in saving old buildings.

Image Courtesy Element Arkitekter AS

  • Architects: Element Arkitekter AS
  • Project: The Teachers House
  • Location: Osterhaus gate 4, Oslo, Norway
  • Client : Union of Education Norway (“Utdanningsforbundet” in Norwegian)
  • Structural Engineer: Dr. Tech Kristoffer Apeland AS
  • Energy Consultant: Siv. Ing. JP Dybdahl AS
  • Artists: Jorunn Sannes (main façade), May Bente Aronsen (acoustic artpiece in lobby).
  • Total m2: 1794
  • Date of design: October 22, 2004 (delivery date for competition)
  • Completion date: August 28, 2009 (building periode; June 2008- August 2009)


The Arch in Mandal, Norway by 3XN Architects

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Article source: 3XN Architects

Elegance and conviviality merge under The Arch in Mandal, Norway

Historic white wooden houses, charming narrow streets, a river running though the center and beach and forest nearby. The town of Mandal is the essence of southern Norwegian idyll. Danish practice, 3XN, has designed the town’s new cultural center, a project which required great sensitivity to the town’s special environment.

The Arch

  • Architect: 3XN Architects
  • Name of Project: The Arch
  • Location: Mandal, Norway
  • Client: Halse Property, Norway
  • Engineer: Rambøll, Norway
  • Landscape: Asplan Viak, Norway


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