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6 Proposals Revealed for Oslo's New Government Quarter

Nearly 100 architects, designers, and consultants have been developing designs for a competition for the new government quarter in Oslo. Drawing an initial 24 entries, the intent of the competition was to generate viable solutions for the future relocation of all government ministries (excluding the defense ministry), emphasizing an urban atmosphere and public elements. In the six shortlisted proposals from both local and international firms, including BIG, Snøhetta, and MVRDV, the themes of building tall and introducing green space emerged.

Now a ten-member committee of industry professionals will assist Statsbygg, the public construction advisers collaborating on the government's behalf, with the evaluation of each design. Take a look at the six proposals after the break.

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Grorudparken / LINK arkitektur

© Tomasz Majewski © Tomasz Majewski © Tomasz Majewski © Tomasz Majewski

Mesterfjellet 1-10 School and Family Centre / CEBRA

© Mikkel Frost © Mikkel Frost © Jiri Havran © Mikkel Frost

Bergen University College / Cubo Arkitekter + HLM Arkitektur

  • Architects: Cubo Arkitekter, HLM Arkitektur
  • Location: University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
  • Area: 51750.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Cubo Arkitekter + HLM Arkitektur

Courtesy of Cubo Arkitekter + HLM Arkitektur Courtesy of Cubo Arkitekter + HLM Arkitektur Courtesy of Cubo Arkitekter + HLM Arkitektur Courtesy of Cubo Arkitekter + HLM Arkitektur

Tubakuba Mountain Hub / OPA Form

Overview : Hovering above the city, hidden behind trees in the forest of Bergen's most famous mountain; through a tuba-tunnel, you can enter a wooden bubble. One night, just for you and your kids.  The project is the result of a design-build workshop at Bergen School of Architecture lead by Espen Folgerø at OPA Form architects.

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


  • 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