Norwegian Ministry of Defense / JVA

Architects: Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL
Location: Akershus fortress, Oslo,
Client: Norwegian Ministry of Defence
Year of Design: 2002-2006
Year of Construction: 2004-2006
Primary Architects: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg
Collaborators: Økaw AS Arkitekter MNAL / Atle Røvig, Benedicte Bjercke, Siv Hofsøy, Petter Løken, Halina Noach, Hanne Sørbø.
Interiors: Jarmund Vigsnæs AS / ØKAW AS in collaboration with Birgitte Appelong AS
Landscape: Grindaker AS
Preservation Consultants: Vel Bevart AS / Kristin Jahnsen, Grete Jarmundn
Consultants: Rambøll Norge AS (Mechanical, structural)
Contractor: Veidekke AS
Constructed Area: 19,300 sqm
Budget: 560 M KON (US $112,7 M)
Photographs: Nils Petter Dale, Ivan Brodey

The task is to establish the new Ministry in a series of old and protected buildings at Akershus Fortress in central Oslo. New solid blocks fills in the historical pattern, while a more fluent and transparent building links up new and old building blocks in close relation to the historical traces in the landscape.

Cite: "Norwegian Ministry of Defense / JVA" 04 Jul 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>