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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

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