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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

Scandinavian Design Group and Ctrl+N Create an Undulating Interactive Installation for Lundin Norway

Waves of golden light appear to shimmer and float from the ceiling in “Breaking the Surface” a new interactive installation from Scandinavian Design Groupctrl+n, Abida, Pivot Product Design and Intek. The kinetic sculpture is composed of an array of acrylic plastic tubes extending through the floor of a two-story mechanized matrix, gracefully moving above and below the surface to evoke abstract images of the undersea geography. Read more about the interactive installation after the break.

Snøhetta Designs New Banknotes for Norway

Snøhetta’s pixilated concept for the Norwegian banknote has been selected by the Central Bank of Norway to serve as the “foundation” for the backside of the new kroner notes. This news, announced yesterday in Oslo, also confirmed that the notes’ front will be based off The Metric System’s more “traditional” design featuring a images of sailing vessels.

Both Snøhetta and The Metric System were among seven designers invited to submit ideas under the nautical theme “The Sea,” in which Snøhetta chose to commemorate Norway’s coastal landmarks with a “visual language” of brightly colored, cubical patterns. 

More on Snøhetta’s winning concept, after the break.

A New Festival that Celebrates the Architecture of the Arctic Circle

Last weekend saw the opening of a new cultural festival on Sandhornøy, a small Norwegian island within the Arctic Circle. Centered around three traditionally-inspired structures by Rintala Eggertsson ArchitectsSALT is a celebration of the history and culture of Arctic communities - and while the structures of the Norwegian festival will remain in place for a full year, the festival itself plans to tour the northern regions of the globe, with new locally specific installations at each locale. Find out more about the festival in after the break, in this post originally published on Metropolis Magazine.

Design Revealed for Norway’s New National Arts Museum

© Kleihues + Schuwerk Gesellschaft von Architekten
© Kleihues + Schuwerk Gesellschaft von Architekten

The planning phase for the new National Arts Museum in Norway is coming to a close and the images of the winning design by architects Kleihues + Schuwerk Gesellschaft von Architekten have been released. With its modernization and expansion, the museum aims to enhance the fields of art and design in Norway and serve as a cultural hub for locals and tourists alike. Learn more about the project and see the proposed design after the break.

SALT Festival Installations / Rintala Eggertsson Architects

  • Architects: Rintala Eggertsson Architects
  • Location: Fylkesveg 478 430, 8130 Sandhornøy, Norway
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Gunnar Holmstad, Marte Antonsen

© Gunnar Holmstad © Marte Antonsen © Gunnar Holmstad © Gunnar Holmstad

Designing Invisible Architecture: Bird Hides by Biotope

Biotope, a three-strong Norwegian practice based in the Arctic town of Varanger, have designed bird hides since 2009. For them, architecture is "a tool to protect and promote birds, wildlife and nature" - an approach reflected in their carefully crafted, environmentally integrated fragments of the 'invisible': small shelters that must blend into and be absorbed by their surroundings. Their diligent work has seen Varanger become established as one of the best birding destinations in Northern Europe and their unique design solutions are now being sought across Scandinavia.

Stellers Eider Street Art, Vardø. Image Courtesy of Biotope Hornoya Wind Shelter. Image Courtesy of Biotope Steilnes Bird Hide. Image Courtesy of Biotope Vardø Harbour from above. Image Courtesy of Biotope

Feisteinveien / Rever & Drage Architects

© Tom Auger
© Tom Auger
  • Architects: Rever & Drage Architects
  • Location: Stavanger, Norway
  • Design Team: Tom Auger, Martin Beverfjord, Eirik Lilledrange
  • Area: 110.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Tom Auger

© Tom Auger © Tom Auger © Tom Auger © Tom Auger

Arthur Andersson on Timeless Materials & Building "Ruins"

Tower House . Image © Art Gray
Tower House . Image © Art Gray

Material Minds, presented by ArchDaily Materials, is our new series of short interviews with architects, designers, scientists, and others who use architectural  in innovative ways. Enjoy!

Arthur Andersson of Andersson-Wise Architects wants to build ruins. He wants things to be timeless - to look good now and 2000 years from now. He wants buildings to fit within a place and time. To do that he has a various set of philosophies, processes and some great influences. Read our full in-depth interview with Mr. Andersson, another revolutionary "Material Mind," after the break. 

Tower House . Image © Art Gray Tower House . Image © Art Gray Tower House . Image © Art Gray Stone Creek Camp. Image © Art Gray

Pålsbu Hydro Power Station / Manthey Kula Architects

  • Architects: Manthey Kula Architects
  • Location: Buskerud, Norway
  • Design Team: Per Tamsen, Beate Hølmebakk
  • Area: 330.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Manthey Kula Architects

Courtesy of Manthey Kula Architects Courtesy of Manthey Kula Architects Courtesy of Manthey Kula Architects Courtesy of Manthey Kula Architects

Sverre Fehn’s Drawings for Venice's Nordic Pavilion To Be Exhibited in Oslo

© Ferruzzi
© Ferruzzi

Norwegian architect and Pritzker Laureate Sverre Fehn’s original drawings for the Nordic Pavilion in Venice are to be presented alongside Ferruzzi’s monochromatic photographs of the building in an exhibition at the National Museum of Architecture in Oslo. Venice: Fehn’s Nordic Pavilion documents the incredible task undertaken by Fehn who, at the age of thirty-four, won the competition to design the pavilion and subsequently won international acclaim when the building was completed in 1962.

The Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © James Taylor-Foster The Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © James Taylor-Foster The Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © James Taylor-Foster The Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © James Taylor-Foster

"Forms of Freedom: African Independence and Nordic Models" - The Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014

From the Curators. The exhibition at the Nordic Pavilion has been titled FORMS OF FREEDOM: African Independence and Nordic Models. The exhibition explores and documents how modern Nordic architecture was an integral part of Nordic aid to East Africa in the 1960s and 1970s. The resulting architecture is of a scope and quality that has not previously been comprehensively studied or exhibited.

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh