University College Ostfold Halden / Reiulf Ramstad Architects


Architects: Reiulf Ramstad Architects, Oslo Norway
Location: Remmen in Halden,
Project team: Reiulf D Ramstad, Espen Surnevik, Anja Strandskogen, Anders
Tjønneland ++ ( all Architects MNAL)

Client: Statsbygg, Norwegian Public Construction and Property Management
Structural Engineer: Dr Techn. Kristoffer Apeland AS, Oslo Norway
Mechanical Engineer: Erichsen & Horgen engineering AS, Oslo Norway
Electrical Engineer: Støltun Engineering AS, Norway
Contractor: NCC Norway
Interior: , Oslo Norway
Landscape: Multiconsult 13.3 landscaping
Constructed Area: 28,000 sqm
Design year: 1998-2002
Construction year: 2004-2006
Photographs: Reiulf Ramstad Architects, Oslo Norway, Kim Müller, Norway

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program diagram
program diagram

The key notion of the architectural strategy is the location’s natural features and the use of a limited material palette. The project is situated in an old “culturscape” and special attention is paid to integrate it into its surroundings. The design is based on simple geometrical prisms, lines and slabs composed into a complex lay-out of rooms and functions. Critical functions and lines of communication are emphasised and the building expresses a balance of functional efficiency and open perspectives.



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  • stan

    Nice, i like brutal buldings with floating programmatic boxes in the space….
    Good work

  • stan

    Me again..I just wonder why did they leave these two columns at the front..I think it destroys a bit the idea of the big cantiliver…30 more centimeters of facade and they would have been hidden….but I suppose they wanted some ugly stuff to make the rest more beautiful..anyway..good work

    • Mr. Cheap

      If you look at the sketch, the coloumns seem to have been supposed to hold a terrace, that again would underline the 1st floor that now is invisible. I personally think that it is less balanced now, than if that line had been underscored more like in the sketches. Seems to be an issue of not precice enough sketchwork/testing.

      • James

        Personally, I disagree. The sketch overhang at the first floor seems to defeat the clarity of the single heavy volume risen above the ground plane. By adding that thicker line the impresson changes from a hovering volume to something that isnt a series of stacked volumes, but at the same moment isnt that pure floating volume either. For that reason the sketch, to me, seems to be in a no mans land of project rhetoric. Also it seems to me that the whole point of making a gesture with a building like this is to purposely unbalance the components; there is something both discomforting and mysterious about a heavy block sitting on nothing but sheets of glass.

        And though I understand what is being said about the columns, I like that some of the mystery as to the structure of this beast is revealed in so subtle a way.

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