Knarvik Kindergarden / M3 Architecture

© Thomas Tysseland

Architects: M3 Architecture
Location: Knarvik, Nordhordland,
Cladding: Kebony
Project Area: 1,000 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Thomas Tysseland

The architectural language bases on the areas basic character. The rocky hills makes the building twist and turn around it. This is showed by the waving roof, adapting to the surroundings.

site plan
model 01

The site is completely surrounded by unspoilt landscape, therefore it was important to keep the concept as close as possible to the “natural palette”. The outer skin is natural local wood panels, that will become light grey as time goes by. A variation with vertical and horizontal panels draws the lines for windows and cuts.

© Thomas Tysseland

The cuts and the lightboxes talks a more modern language, to give the concept a modern connection.The idea came along studying the rubix snake, and how its ability to generate a million different shapes, based on just one fragment/form put together.

study model 01
© Thomas Tysseland

The shape is modeled from a box with dimensions 8×8×8 meters. The only twist on that box is to lift one of the corners vertical 2 meters. When put together randomly, you will get a unique form, like twisting the rubix snake.

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Cite: "Knarvik Kindergarden / M3 Architecture" 30 Apr 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • rodger

    lost in translation, sadly.
    this project could best be described as, thoughtfully banal.

  • up_today_arch

    model is mach more impressiv, then real building… it is very difficult to adopt ideas to reality.

  • salar

    Hello. I am graduate student. And I want to give presented the letter in kindergarden. I need some information about child architecture. please send the information in this regard. tanx