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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Wins Competition to Design Mixed-Use Complex in Central Oslo

schmidt hammer lassen architects have won a competition to design a new retail and office complex in central Oslo. The winning scheme, chosen ahead of five other proposals, was chosen for “its strong and innovative” design that “enhances the existing urban qualities” and forms a “new connection between the building and city life.”

© Beauty and The Bit / schmidt hammer lassen architects © Beauty and The Bit / schmidt hammer lassen architects © Beauty and The Bit / schmidt hammer lassen architects © Beauty and The Bit / schmidt hammer lassen architects

Cabin Laksvatn / Hamran/Johansen Arkitekter

  • Architects: Hamran/Johansen Arkitekter
  • Location: Tromsø, Norway
  • Architect In Charge: Lars Hamran
  • Consultants: eStatikk AS
  • Area: 50.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Ivan Brodey, André Severin Johansen

© Ivan Brodey © Ivan Brodey © André Severin Johansen © Ivan Brodey

Nomadic Shelter / SALT Siida Workshop

  • Architects: SALT Siida Workshop
  • Location: Fylkesveg 475 160, 8140 Inndyr, Norway
  • Area: 12.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Piotr Paczkowski

© Piotr Paczkowski © Piotr Paczkowski © Piotr Paczkowski © Piotr Paczkowski

WOTHOUSE / NSW AS

  • Architects: NSW AS
  • Location: Oslo, Norway
  • Design Team: Gudmund Stenseth, Tore Schjetlein, Tiffany Otis, Luis Santos
  • Project Manager: Gudmund Stenseth
  • Area: 248.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Einar Aslaksen

© Einar Aslaksen © Einar Aslaksen © Einar Aslaksen © Einar Aslaksen

Pulp Press at Kistefos / A2 Architects

‘Pulp Press (Kistefos) 2013’ is a permanent site-specific artist-architect commission for Kistefos Museum - one of Scandinavia's largest parks of contemporary sculpture. The museum occupies the grounds of a 19th century paper mill in Jevnaker, an hour north of Oslo, Norway.

Snøhetta's Illustrated Travel Guide for Oslo

Sleek, contemporary, and unapologetically eclectic, the work of Norwegian firm Snøhetta is as diverse as it is synonymous with modern Scandinavian design. Spanning everything from architecture and master planning to installation art and product and packaging design, Snøhetta's projects are characterized by the marriage of efficiency, quirky charm, and an eye for beauty. Offering a broad selection of suggestions for visitors to Oslo, Snøhetta's guide to the nation's capital is no different. Reflecting the favorite attractions of architects, artists, and brand designers from within the firm, the guide includes a windowless barjazz-punk band, and the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, even encompassing the work of Oslo-based design contemporary, Element Arkitekter, in Lærernes hus. Read the rest of the seven travel selections here.

Stormen / DRDH Architects

  • Architects: DRDH Architects
  • Location: Bodø, Norway
  • Directors: Daniel Rosbottom, David Howarth
  • Project Team Leader: Jillian Jones
  • Design Team Concert Hall: Ewan Stone (project architect), Patrick Haymann (project architect Main Hall), Mayuko Kanasugi, Jacob Sjöblom, Phoung Pham, Jef Driesen
  • Design Team Library: Richard Marks (project architect), Paolo Scianna, Victoria Jessen Pike, Cecilia Sjöholm
  • Competition: Matthew Phillips, Jonathon Connolly, David de la Mare, Kristin Nilsen
  • Area: 17500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: David Grandorge

© David Grandorge © David Grandorge © David Grandorge © David Grandorge

BIG, MVRDV and Snøhetta Among 6 Shortlisted for Oslo Goverment Quarter

Statsbygg has shortlisted six teams to develop proposals for a new government quarter in Oslo. Selected from 24 submissions, the chosen teams will now have until March 2015 to prepare their ideas. The unconventional competition, which requires the inclusion of students from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, will not culminate with a single winner. Rather, ideas from all the shortlisted proposals will be extracted and used in an eventual masterplan. 

The six shortlisted teams are…

Curatorial Team Announced For The 2016 Oslo Triennale

OAT 2016 Winning Proposal. Image © After Belonging Agency
OAT 2016 Winning Proposal. Image © After Belonging Agency

The After Belonging Agency (ABA) have been announced as the curatorial team for the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale for their proposal In-Residence, On Residence, and the Ways We Stay In-Transit.

Established in 2000, the 2016 Triennale will be the sixth of its kind. Following an open call for curators in September of this year, the Triennale invited four teams to interview: Rotterdam based Crimson Architectural Historians, London based Justin McGuirk, Canadian curator Dan Handel, and a team of five Spanish architects hailing from New York known as the After Belonging Agency. Lluis Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio González Galán, Carlos Minguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, and Marina Otero Verzier's proposal was chosen unanimously by a jury which included Hege Maria ErikssonNina Berre, and Gro Bonesmo (among others).

Professionals Roar in Norway: Unique Architecture Under Threat from Government

Architecture institutions and architects are outraged by the Norwegian Government plans to demolish a unique part of Norwegian and international architectural history. Called the Y-block for its Y-shaped plan, the building in the Government Quarter in the centre of the Norwegian capital of Oslo was designed by the Norwegian architect and pioneer inventor Erling Viksjø in the 1950s together with the “H-block” or Highrise (1959) and was completed in 1969. The building is internationally well known for the extraordinary craftsmanship of its sandblasted concrete and the famous Pablo Picasso murals, “The Fishermen” and “The Seagull”.

The Y-block in Oslo, exterior. Foundation and facade. Image © Einar Bjarki Malmquist The skylight in the stairway. Daylight falling as a wall-washer along the colorful riverbed stones revealed on the surface of the wall. Image © Trond Isaksen / Statsbygg From the Y-block. "The Seagull" a mural by Pablo Picasso. Image © Trond Isaksen / Statsbygg The Y-block in Oslo. Detail of exterior with Picasso's "The Fishermen", sandblast by sculptor Carl Nesjar. Image © Einar Bjarki Malmquist

Creativity within Clear Frames / White arkitekter

  • Architects: White arkitekter
  • Location: Oslo, Norway
  • Design Team: Thomas Landenberg, Karin Jakobsson, Karin Sjödin, Jeroen Matthijssen, Lars Zackrisson, Christian Wahlström, Lena Osvalds, Mikaela Åström Forsgren, Daniel Hultman
  • Area: 7200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Ivan Brodey

© Ivan Brodey © Ivan Brodey © Ivan Brodey © Ivan Brodey

Gregers Grams Houses / R21 Arkitekter

  • Architects: R21 Arkitekter
  • Location: Oslo, Norway
  • Architect In Charge: Martin Smedsrud
  • Area: 1700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Henrik Beck Kæmpe

© Henrik Beck Kæmpe © Henrik Beck Kæmpe © Henrik Beck Kæmpe © Henrik Beck Kæmpe

Cabin Ryfylke / Pir II Oslo + Resell Arkitektur

  • Architects: Pir II Oslo , Resell Arkitektur
  • Location: Ryfylkevegen, Jørpeland, Norway
  • Architect In Charge: Olav Resell
  • Area: 120.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Olav Resell

© Olav Resell © Olav Resell © Olav Resell © Olav Resell

Vino Veritas Oslo / Masquespacio

© David Rodríguez © Carlos Huecas © David Rodríguez © Carlos Huecas