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Hotel Kirkenes in Norway by Rintala Eggertsson Architects

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Article source: Rintala Eggertsson Architects 

The town of Kirkenes, in Northern Norway lies at the intersection of many cultures; here the Sami, Russians, Norwegians and Finns, that is, the Kvens, have long interacted with one another. The borders of the region have changed and formed barriers to many connections. While they appear not to follow any logic, however, sufficient distance from political hubs has allowed the existence of sympathetic, informal grassroots-level interaction centring on everyday life in the Barents Area.

Image Courtesy © Jan Erik Svendsen

  • Architects: Rintala Eggertsson Architects
  • Project: Hotel Kirkenes
  • Location: Kirkenes, North Norway
  • Photography: Jan Erik Svendsen
  • Owner: Pikene på Broen, Kirkenes
  • Construction team:
    • Architect: Sami Rintala
    • George Lovett, arch.stud., University of Sheffield U.K
    • Borghild Hulsvik, arch.stud, Bergen Architect School
    • Anne Kathrine Vabø, arch.stud, Bergen Architect School
  • Measures: 6 m (length) x 2,5 m (width) x 5 m (height), Floor area  22 m2
  • Design and construction: 20.-30.8. 2005

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Løren Metro Station in Oslo, Norway by Arne Henriksen Arkitekter and MDH Arkitekter

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Article source: MDH Arkitekter 

The neighbourhood of Løren, a former industrial area and military camp, has in recent years emerged as a new, attractive residential district.  As a further development of the area a new metro station was planned.

The station is located 27 meters underground and accessed by stairs, escalators or lifts from the two entrances.

Image Courtesy © Ivan Brodey

  • Architects: Arne Henriksen Arkitekter and MDH Arkitekter
  • Project: Løren Metro Station
  • Location: Oslo, Norway
  • Photography: Ivan Brodey and Jimmy Linus
  • Software used: Revit
  • Team: Arne Henriksen, Helge Lunder, Dagfinn Sagen, Line Gudbrandsen, Magnar Westby, Christin Johannessen, Minna Riska
  • Client: Sporveien Oslo AS
  • Landscape: Grindaker Landskapsarkitekter
  • Consultant team: Aas Jacobsen AS, Ingenia AS, Electronova AS
  • Gross Built Area: 5800 m2
  • Completion Year:  2016

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Cabin Ustaoset in Norway by Jon Danielsen Aarhus

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Article source: Jon Danielsen Aarhus  

A cabin for use all year. Situated 1066 meters above sea level, mid-way between Oslo and Bergen, at the foot of the mighty Hardangervidda – one of the greatest mountain plateaus in Europe. With no road connection, materials for the build was flown in with helicopter. The groundworks were done manually to preserve the slow-growing vegetation one finds at such altitudes in Norway. The foundation consists of pillars standing on the bedrock. The outside of the building had to be finished during the short summer months. The rest was completed mid-winter, when materials for the interior could be transported in with snow scooter. The cabin is clad in pine, inside and out. 3-layer, insulating and solar protected glass panels take in the view of the Ustevann(lake), Hallingskarvet(mountain formation) and Hardangerjøkulen(glacier), all in the same panorama.

Image Courtesy © Knut Bry

  • Architects: Jon Danielsen Aarhus
  • Project: Cabin Ustaoset
  • Location: Norway
  • Photography: Knut Bry
  • Contractor: TG-Bygg, Geilo
  • Area: 72m2
  • Completion year: 2016

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Dikehaugen 12 in Trondheim, Norway by Arkitekt August Schmidt AS

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Article source: Arkitekt August Schmidt AS

Dikehaugen 12 is a small one-family home situated amid trees in the outskirts of the city of Trondheim, Norway. The complex comprises three saddle-roof built volumes: dwelling, suana and annex, all constructed in wood and clad with pine shingles.

The Dikehaugen project is a commentary on contemporary building practices, the aim is to demontrate (rather than speak of) solutions and thinking which represents an alternative to todays standards. The project aimed at keeping a high standard in planning, materials, construction, and design, with the architect involved in and in charge of all aspects of the building process.

Image Courtesy © Arkitekt August Schmidt AS

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Oslo Skatehall in Norway by DARK Arkitekter AS

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Article source: DARK Arkitekter AS 

Skateboarding was banned in Norway on 1 September 1978, with the intention of preventing serious accidents. This did not discourage the skateboarders, and the skateboarding scene grew steadily. When the ban was lifted in 1989 the interest exploded. Skateboarders went from being lawbreakers to celebrities and youth idols. In January 2017, 28 years after the ban was lifted, Oslo finally got its own custom-built venue for the today a well-established sport. Oslo Skatehall stands now as the best custom-designed skatepark, and one of the largest of its kind in northern Europe.

Image Courtesy © Finn Ståle Felberg/Kultur- og idrettsbygg Oslo KF

  • Architects: DARK Arkitekter AS
  • Project: Oslo Skatehall
  • Location: Stavangergata 28, Oslo, Norway
  • Photography: Finn Ståle Felberg/Kultur- og idrettsbygg Oslo KF and Lars Gartå/DARK
  • Software used: SketchUp, Revit
  • Client: Kultur- og idrettsbygg Oslo KF
  • Landscape architect: Rambøll/Landskapsfabrikken
  • Interior skateboard elements: Glifberg+Lykke/IOU Ramps
  • Contractor: Varden Entreprenør AS
  • Area: 2.300 sqm + 640 sqm exterior skatepark
  • Project year: 2017

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Moholt 50|50 – Timber Towers in Trondheim, Norway by MDH Arkitekter

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Article source: MDH Arkitekter

Student housing often drown in mediocrity, with simple units stacked on top of each other in the cheapest way possible and left to themselves without support programs. The Moholt 50|50 project is a reaction to this. By inserting new housing collectives and a wide range of support services and public programs into an existing student village built in the sixties, a new active central area is created, erasing the psychological border between the student village and the surrounding area.

Image Courtesy © Ivan Brodey

  • Architects: MDH Arkitekter (Helge Lunder)
  • Project: Moholt 50|50 – Timber Towers
  • Location: Trondheim, Norway
  • Photography: Ivan Brodey, Tomas Bekkavik

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Lillehammer Art Museum and Cinema Expansion in Oppland, Norway by Snøhetta

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Article source: Snøhetta 

Twenty two years after completing the first expansion to the Lillehammer Art Museum, Snøhetta is honored to expand the project yet again, creating a holistic expression for both the art museum and the adjacent cinema. Integration of art plays a central role in all aspects of the project, from the landscape to the program to the buildings themselves.

Image Courtesy © Mark Syke

Image Courtesy © Mark Syke

  • Architects: Snøhetta
  • Project: Lillehammer Art Museum and Cinema Expansion 
  • Location: Oppland, Norway
  • Photography: Mark Syke and Ketil Jacobsen

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Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, Norway by Snøhetta

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Article source: Snøhetta

Snøhetta’s prize-winning design was characterized by the jury as having strongly identifiable themes that tie the building to its culture and place while also presenting an unusual and unique expression that was in many ways new and innovative.

The project developed a highly complex program into a simple general plan that integrated both a practical and intuitive sculptural approach to modeling the exterior form. Its low slung form became a link within the city rather than a divisive sculptural expression. Its accessible roof and broad, open public lobbies make the building a social monument rather than a sculptural one. The building is as much landscape as architecture and thus fosters public awareness and engagement with the arts. Generous windows at street level provide the public a glimpse of the scenery workshop activities. The building still finds an audience with public who are not opera, ballet or orchestra fans. The cafes and gift shop, with their access to the waterfront are destinations which offer opportunities to generate revenue for the institution while providing a general public amenity. Care was taken with the design of these components so that they are seamlessly integrated into the overall character of the building’s bold design.

Image Courtesy © Jens Passoth

Image Courtesy © Jens Passoth

  • Architects: Snøhetta
  • Project: Norwegian National Opera and Ballet
  • Location: Oslo, Norway
  • Photography: Jiri Harvan, Jens Passoth, Helene Binet, Gerald Zugmann, Trond Isaksen, Statsbygg
  • Client: Statsbygg (The Governmental Building Agency)
  • Size 38 500m2
  • Status: Completed

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K5 Urban Apartments in Oslo, Norway by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter AS

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Article source: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter AS

The project is sited in an urban block that remains a rare example of the intimate blend of housing and small-scale industry typical of the nineteenth century. The new structure was designed with special appreciation of these environs. The apartments have differing housing typologies of simplex and duplex units, and they benefit from a study of the interaction between indoor and outdoor spaces. The building’s design is characterized by a distinct architectonic form with functional solutions, thoughtful details, and contemporary overall expression.

Image Courtesy © Thomas Bjørnflaten

Image Courtesy © Thomas Bjørnflaten

  • Architects: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter AS
  • Project: K5 Urban Apartments
  • Location: Grünerløkka, Oslo, Norway
  • Photography: Roberto Di Trani, Thomas Bjørnflaten, Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
  • Client: Korsgata 5 AS
  • Commission type: Direct commission (2007)
  • Size / value: 1,200 m2 / 32 MNOK
  • Status: Completed (2010)

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Summer House Gravråk in Flakstad, Norway by Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk AS

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Article source: Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk AS

This project for a summer retreat is an addition to, and rehabilitation of an old “Nordlandshus” (traditional northern Norwegian house) on a remote site in the coastal island area of Lofoten. The original idea was to encapsulate the old and worn-down timber core within a new climatic shell, leaving the old house standing freely and structurally unstressed inside, with the traditional timber constructions exposed. The added construction followed its own grid module, which – apart from a number of technical advantages – gave an interesting “syncopation” of window openings between the old and new structures.

Image Courtesy © Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

Image Courtesy © Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

  • Architects: Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk AS
  • Project: Summer House Gravråk
  • Location: Andopen, Flakstad, Norway
  • Photography: Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk
  • Client: Olve Gravråk
  • Team: Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk, Anette Bringsverd, Elisabeth Øymo, Halvard Amble, Hilde Rostadmo
  • Heated: 25 m2 (new addition)

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