Westerdals School of Communication / Kristin Jarmund Architects

KJARK - Benjamin Hummitzsc

Architects: Kristin Jarmund Architects
Location: Oslo,
Client: Anthon B. Nilsen Eiendom AS
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 4300 sqm
Photographs: KJARK – Benjamin Hummitzsc

The building is situated at Vulkan – an old industrial area next to Oslo’s picturesque Aker’s river and popular public space Kuba.


Conceived as a “square peg in a square hole”, the footprint of the building volume is smaller than the perimeter of its basement. The glazed gap surrounding the volume at ground floor level creates a dynamic subterranean space. While light is absorbed into this space at daytime it releases likewise at night; thus creating an object which is literally “vibrating” in its own space.

KJARK - Benjamin Hummitzsc

Openness, accessibility and visibility are important values for Westerdals. Generous entrances and an open plan on the ground floor invite the public in. Ground floor houses the reception, a small mediatheque, a student café – open to the public with outdoor seating by the Aker’s river – and a multipurpose area fit for exhibitions, parties or informal workstations.

KJARK - Benjamin Hummitzsc

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Cite: "Westerdals School of Communication / Kristin Jarmund Architects" 18 Nov 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=184260>
  • Sam

    Looks like a prison incorporating De Stijl’s usage of bright primary colors and Ronchamp’s windows.