Cardboard Cloud / Fantastic Norway

The “”, an exhibit design by Fantastic Norway, opened this weekend in Oslo to the public.  The exhibit was designed for the Center for Design and Architecture (DogA, previously featured on AD) and will display the works of Norwegian design students.

More information about the cloud and more images after the break.

“Being that the exhibition is set to present brand new design objects, we decided to base the architectural concept on the thrill of unpacking,” explained the architects.   Working off that idea, more than 3000 cardboard boxes were arranged as “a large pixilated cloud” that hovered over the exhibited material inside the 350m2 exhibition hall.

The students’ works are integrated into the architectural framework of the exhibit by being displayed in, around and outside the cardboard boxes.   The arrangement of boxes create spatial conditions that contain smaller areas and frame larger areas.  In addition, the exhibition display focuses on the importance of reusing materials as all boxes will be recycled when the exhibit ends.

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Architectural team: Håkon Matre Aasarød, Erlend Blakstad Haffner, Andrew Jason Linn, Magnus Ohren, Tomos Osmond, Anne Busemann, Mathias Steinbru, Anette Flygansvær, Ingeborg Cappelen Lindheim, Are Fredrik Berg and Håvard Arnhoff, Oscar Quan Lainfiesta.

Engineer: Ole Wroldsen

Curator: Benedicte Sunde, Janicke Sæther, Aslag Juell Kristensen

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "Cardboard Cloud / Fantastic Norway" 22 Jun 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • Lucas Gray

    Nice exhibition. It creates an interesting space as you wander through the clouds to get changing views of the complex forms.

  • three zed

    This reminds me of a pavilion in Moscow’s VDNH. A simple modern box of a building, but inside there is this beautiful set of iron clouds just hanging of the ceiling. Simple cut-out clouds. Here it’s about shape, and there it’s about light and reflections.

  • nath

    Box art, i think most students have conceived of this at some point…

  • jan

    I really like the appearance of this. I’ve been there, and it is quite fun to wander around in it, experiencing many small places.

    The big downside though -it steals all the attention and makes the exhibited objects, many of which being quite small, hard to see.

    Cool idea, but possibly better fitted in some other context.

  • laur_n

    Nath: Sure, we have all “conceived of this at some point,” but also this seems to be executed well. I’d go see it if I were in Oslo.

  • Jill Bramante

    Sweet as a palabalo nut

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  • rook

    i guess recessions is starting to hit very hard!

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  • Ginny Graves, Outreach Director, CUBE

    This is somewhat like an exercise we use with kids (of all ages) to help them visualize how “their” city might actually work. A big success for over 40 years. Teachers love it too!

  • tina

    some nice lighting design at the exibition too! fell in love with a desk top lamp there. pretty impressed, you should go take a look!

  • Lolo

    Cliché but that’s how Norwegian students do.