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Fleinvær Refugium / TYIN Tegnestue + Rintala Eggertsson Architects

03:00 - 19 June, 2017
Fleinvær Refugium / TYIN Tegnestue + Rintala Eggertsson Architects, © Pasi Aalto
© Pasi Aalto

© Pasi Aalto © Pasi Aalto © Pasi Aalto © Pasi Aalto + 45

Svalbard "Doomsday" Seed Vault to Receive Multi-Million Dollar Upgrade After Flooding

14:30 - 13 June, 2017
Svalbard "Doomsday" Seed Vault to Receive Multi-Million Dollar Upgrade After Flooding, © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/landbruks-_og_matdepartementet/4186766565/in/photolist-7nYgQr-7ojkQm-7nYgQa-9icKQV-7nYgQe-7ojm6W-7dzWhi-7o2mkY-7ofsjn-7nYgPZ-7o2mm5-pJjmLU-7ojncC-LH6rG8-7ofsdP-9m8eLQ-9ifSvj-7nYgQk-7ojkzU-rwY8QD-7dDQhj-9ifQML-7ofuTn-6VmKEm-9icSrk-UKfHh3-9icRWz-7ofuHt-7ofrYg-fBdM4e-9ifYYG-7ofutX-9icR9V-7u4rZ6-7u8mzu-7u8mvW-7dDPXY-7uErxU-9ifT2b-6VmKEE-9icMiV-9ifS4S-7ojmq9-9icKyt-9ifTp7-7oft6v-7ojmcC-c8Gnrf-9icPDk-LXUNiL'>Flickr user landbruks-_og_matdepartementet</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/'>CC BY-ND 2.0</a>
© Flickr user landbruks-_og_matdepartementet licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

The government of Norway has announced plans for a $4.4 million USD (37 million NOK) upgrade to the Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, after record high temperatures caused the “failsafe” structure to flood earlier this year. While no samples were damaged in that event, the situation sparked concern that the facility would not be able to stand the test of time as originally intended.

Located 130 meters inside a mountain in the Arctic Svalbard archipelago, the vault was constructed as part of a worldwide initiative to protect global biodiversity by preserving the seeds of the world’s important food crops. The structure, which cost $9 million USD to build, was intended to be buried deep into the permafrost to protect against both natural and manmade disasters, but this year’s incident uncovered several design flaws that allowed water to breach the vault’s access tunnel.

ELDMØLLA Sauna / Arkitekt August Schmidt + Workshop NTNU-Trondheim + Arnstein Gilberg + Ina Samdal

03:00 - 2 June, 2017
ELDMØLLA Sauna / Arkitekt August Schmidt + Workshop NTNU-Trondheim + Arnstein Gilberg + Ina Samdal, Courtesy of Workshop NTNU-Trondheim
Courtesy of Workshop NTNU-Trondheim

Courtesy of Workshop NTNU-Trondheim Courtesy of Workshop NTNU-Trondheim Courtesy of Workshop NTNU-Trondheim Courtesy of Workshop NTNU-Trondheim + 27

Emerging Studio Wins Competition to Expand one of Norway’s Largest University Campuses

06:00 - 26 May, 2017
Emerging Studio Wins Competition to Expand one of Norway’s Largest University Campuses, New university buildings form a spatial framing, where the park is the unifying element. The square is enriched with small landscape interventions, and facilitates external business activities. (Illustration by Beauty and the Bit). Image Courtesy of KOHT Arkitekter
New university buildings form a spatial framing, where the park is the unifying element. The square is enriched with small landscape interventions, and facilitates external business activities. (Illustration by Beauty and the Bit). Image Courtesy of KOHT Arkitekter

KOHT Arkitekter has won an international competition to expand one of Norway’s s largest university campuses. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim launched their masterplan competition in December last year, setting the deadline for the first stage in January 2017. The emerging studio, consisting of Anders Olivarius Bjørneseth (27), Kenneth Larssen Lønning (25), Jonas Velken Kverneland (27) and Christopher Wilkens (32) beat 39 competing proposals before winning in the two-stage competition.

North Lift. Image Courtesy of KOHT Arkitekter Promenade. Image Courtesy of KOHT Arkitekter Technology and University Centre, Innovation Square. Image Courtesy of KOHT Arkitekter Elgeseter Park. Image Courtesy of KOHT Arkitekter + 16

Norgesglasset / Snøhetta

09:00 - 21 May, 2017
Norgesglasset / Snøhetta, © Ketil Jacobsen
© Ketil Jacobsen

© Ketil Jacobsen              © Ketil Jacobsen              © Ketil Jacobsen              © Ketil Jacobsen              + 8

  • Architects

  • Location

    Oslo Airport (OSL), Edvard Munchs veg, 2061 Gardermoen, Norway
  • Area

    65.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017

Svalbard "Doomsday" Seed Vault Floods After Record Winter Temperatures

18:40 - 19 May, 2017
Svalbard "Doomsday" Seed Vault Floods After Record Winter Temperatures, © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Svalbard_seed_vault_IMG_8751.JPG'>Wikimedia user Bjoertvedt</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a>
© Wikimedia user Bjoertvedt licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Earlier this year, the Global Seed Vault in Svalbard was flooded after record high temperatures over the winter caused some of the permafrost surrounding the vault to melt, reports The Guardian. The building's entrance tunnel was flooded and then froze to create conditions "like a glacier" for those trying to enter. Fortunately, the vault itself was not breached, meaning no harm came to the building's precious contents. However, the incident has raised questions about whether the building will be able to fulfill its purpose in the long term.

Oslo Airport Expansion / Nordic – Office of Architecture

11:00 - 16 May, 2017
© Ivan Brodey
© Ivan Brodey

© Ivan Brodey © Ivan Brodey © Dag Spant © Knut Ramstad + 82

Boggestranda / Rever & Drage

05:00 - 30 April, 2017
Boggestranda / Rever & Drage, © Tom Auger
© Tom Auger

© Tom Auger © Tom Auger © Tom Auger © Tom Auger + 15

Sørenga Sjøbad / LPO arkitekter

02:00 - 22 April, 2017
Sørenga Sjøbad / LPO arkitekter, © Sørenga Utvikling AS
© Sørenga Utvikling AS

© MK AS © Tove Lauluten © Visco © MK AS + 20

Munkedamsveien 62 / LPO arkitekter

13:00 - 29 March, 2017
© Ivan Brodey
© Ivan Brodey

© Ivan Brodey           © Ivan Brodey           © Ivan Brodey           © Ivan Brodey           + 33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Munkedamsveien 62, 0270 Oslo, Norway
  • Area

    5800.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015

Snøhetta Unveils Plans for World's First Ship Tunnel in Norway

12:15 - 28 March, 2017
Snøhetta Unveils Plans for World's First Ship Tunnel in Norway, Examinations of the bedrock in Kjødepollen shows that there is more sediment than first expected. That means that the portal must be built on a larger area than previously planned. For practical and safety reasons, the entrance is proposed built as terraces. The terrace surfaces can be established by known principles for withdrawal of loads, with a combination of construction methods such as wire-cutting and blasting.. Image © Norwegian Coastal Administration/Snøhetta
Examinations of the bedrock in Kjødepollen shows that there is more sediment than first expected. That means that the portal must be built on a larger area than previously planned. For practical and safety reasons, the entrance is proposed built as terraces. The terrace surfaces can be established by known principles for withdrawal of loads, with a combination of construction methods such as wire-cutting and blasting.. Image © Norwegian Coastal Administration/Snøhetta

The Norwegian Coastal Administration has revealed visualizations of the world’s first full-scale ship tunnel that would link two fjords on either side of the Stad Peninsula in Norway, allowing ships to bypass the “most exposed, most dangerous” waters on the Norwegian coast. With the project now in the feasibility stage, architecture studio Snøhetta has produced a series of rendered design concepts to help the project gain traction within the Norwegian government.

Above the tunnel entrance at the Moldefjorden side, it is proposed to establish a new overhead bridge. The fly bridge cross the portal will also be available to the public. From the sidewalk the public can watch the ships entering and coming out of the ship tunnel.. Image © Norwegian Coastal Administration/Snøhetta Moldefjorden: Bridge, with access for the public. Image © Norwegian Coastal Administration/Snøhetta Given the scope, a multi-functional facilitation is an important part of the planning. There is a need for a longitudinal guiding structure through the tunnel and on both sides of the tunnel. These will protect the vessel against impact, but can also be used as escape routes during evacuation, and access road for inspection and maintenance of the facility.. Image © Norwegian Coastal Administration/Snøhetta The illustration shows a cross section of the ship tunnel as planned with the relevant measurements.. Image © Norwegian Coastal Administration/Appex + 8

Løren Metro Station / Arne Henriksen Arkitekter + MDH Arkitekter

11:00 - 9 March, 2017
Løren Metro Station / Arne Henriksen Arkitekter + MDH Arkitekter, © Ivan Brodey
© Ivan Brodey

© Ivan Brodey © Ivan Brodey © Ivan Brodey © Ivan Brodey + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Oslo, Norway
  • Project Team

    Arne Henriksen, Helge Lunder, Dagfinn Sagen, Line Gudbrandsen, Magnar Westby, Christin Johannessen, Minna Riska
  • Area

    5800.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Cabin Ustaoset / Jon Danielsen Aarhus MNAL

05:00 - 3 March, 2017
Cabin Ustaoset / Jon Danielsen Aarhus MNAL, © Knut Bry
© Knut Bry

© Knut Bry © Knut Bry © Knut Bry © Knut Bry + 37

Richard Rogers Fellowship 2017 - Winners Announced

08:00 - 22 February, 2017
Richard Rogers Fellowship 2017 - Winners Announced, Fellows will be based at the Grade II listed Wimbledon House designed by Richard Rogers. Image Courtesy of Harvard Graduate School of Design
Fellows will be based at the Grade II listed Wimbledon House designed by Richard Rogers. Image Courtesy of Harvard Graduate School of Design

The Harvard University Graduate School of Design in Massachusetts has announced the winners of the Richard Rogers Fellowship 2017. Launched in October 2016, the Fellowship seeks to act as an international platform assembling experts and practitioners from a broad range of disciplines, using the built environment to positively impact on the quality of human life. The six inaugural Fellows, selected from 200 applicants worldwide, will undertake three months of research at the Wimbledon House, a Grade II listed residence in London gifted to the School by world-renowned British architect Richard Rogers.

The Ice Balls / Mjölk architekti

11:00 - 8 February, 2017
The Ice Balls / Mjölk architekti, Courtesy of Mjölk architekti
Courtesy of Mjölk architekti

Courtesy of Mjölk architekti Courtesy of Mjölk architekti Courtesy of Mjölk architekti Courtesy of Mjölk architekti + 23

Moholt Timber Towers / MDH Arkitekter

02:00 - 6 February, 2017
Moholt Timber Towers  / MDH Arkitekter, © Ivan Brodey
© Ivan Brodey

© Studentsamskipnaden og MDH arkitekter  © Tomas Bekkavik © Studentsamskipnaden og MDH arkitekter  © Studentsamskipnaden og MDH arkitekter  + 23

Oslo Skatehall / Dark Arkitekter

05:00 - 31 January, 2017
Oslo Skatehall / Dark Arkitekter, © Finn Ståle Felberg/Kultur- og idrettsbygg Oslo KF
© Finn Ståle Felberg/Kultur- og idrettsbygg Oslo KF

© Finn Ståle Felberg/Kultur- og idrettsbygg Oslo KF © Lars Gartå © Finn Ståle Felberg/Kultur- og idrettsbygg Oslo KF © Lars Gartå + 49

A Capsule of "Almost-Forgotten History": Surface Magazine Visits Peter Zumthor's Allmannajuvet Zinc Mine Museum

12:00 - 30 January, 2017
A Capsule of "Almost-Forgotten History": Surface Magazine Visits Peter Zumthor's Allmannajuvet Zinc Mine Museum , © Per Berntsen
© Per Berntsen

Below is an excerpt of the cover story of this month’s Surface magazine: an in-depth look at Peter Zumthor’s recently completed Allmannajuvet Zinc Mine Museum, featuring exclusive quotes from the architect himself.

The first thing you notice when you arrive at the new Allmannajuvet Zinc Mine Museum outside Sauda, Norway, is that it looks nothing like a museum—or at least, what we think of as a museum. On a steep site framed by elegantly rugged walls of dry stone, three black, shed-like and zinc-roofed structures look far too small to house exhibits, much less hordes of visitors. But this isn’t a museum in the conventional sense. Consisting of a service building with restrooms, a café, and a gallery—all perched on tall timber supports—it’s more a memorial to those who toiled in the zinc mine that operated on the site from 1881 to 1899 in the spectacularly beautiful Allmannajuvet Ravine. The mine and its accompanying trail were long ago abandoned, the original buildings a distant memory.