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Atnbrufossen Vannbruksmuseum / L J B

© Marchesi, Hellum & Stikbakke
© Marchesi, Hellum & Stikbakke
  • Architects: L J B
  • Location: Rondane, Norway
  • Project Manager: Helge Stikbakke
  • Client: Public Road Administration (Statens vegvesen) – National Tourist Routes
  • Site Manager: Nordplan as, Steinar Løkken
  • Engineers: Nordplan as/Estatikk as/Finn-Erik Nilsen
  • Main Contractor Building: Norsk Massivtre as, Arild Øvergaard
  • Main Contractor Landscape and Foundation: Stian Brenden Maskinservice as
  • Carpenter: Folldal Bygg as, Ove Meisal
  • Glass: Profilteam as, Bjørn Harald Bråten
  • Plumber: Ole Petter Berger
  • Electrician: Folldal Industrielektro as
  • Illumintion: Stokkan Lys as, Andreas Skarpnes
  • Area: 180.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Marchesi, Hellum & Stikbakke

© Marchesi, Hellum & Stikbakke © Marchesi, Hellum & Stikbakke © Marchesi, Hellum & Stikbakke © Marchesi, Hellum & Stikbakke

Exhibition: Far-out Voices

Far-out Voices presents a selective insight into the pioneering, counter-cultural origins of what we today call green design. Organized around a series of oral histories (filmed interviews) collected by Caroline Maniaque-Benton in 2002, the exhibition offers a point of entry into the thinking of some of the advocates of “sustainable” planning within the alternative architecture movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

Urban Mountain Team Wins Nordic Built Challenge in Norway

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, together with LOOP Architects, COWI Denmark and Norway, Transsolar Energitechnik and Vugge til Vugge Denmark, has won the Nordic Build Challenge in Norway with their innovative scheme, Urban Mountain. The winning proposal, which would be Norway's tallest building, seeks to refurbish and extend an existing 50,000 square-meter office tower in central Oslo into 79,000 square-meter sustainable icon. Not only would the building be the first Norwegian high-rise to utilize natural ventilation, but the design would employ Cradle to Cradle principles and BREEAM Outstanding certification targets to significantly reduce the building’s energy consumption and CO2 footprint. 

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Oslo Architecture Triennale

The Oslo Architecture Triennale is the Nordic region’s biggest architecture festival. Through exhibitions, conferences, debates, competitions, publications and events in different formats and media, OAT seeks to challenge the field of architecture and urbanism, as well as to engage, inspire and raise awareness among the public and decision-makers. The Triennale tackles issues with local, regional and global relevance.

This year's main exhibition, Behind the Green Door, opens September 19. For the past year, the Belgian curators Rotor have collected over 600 objects, all carrying claims of sustainability, from over 200 architecture offices, companies and environmental organizations across the world. Together these objects form a collection of curiosities, exhibited at DogA until December 1st, 2013.

The main conference of the Triennale will take place on September 29th, and under the title "The Future of Comfort" will discuss how the importance of sustainability is challenging our idea of confort and how architects enter this debate. Speakers include Carolyn Steel (architect and writer), Alfredo Brillembourg (architect, Urban Think Tank), Minik Rosing (professor of geology), Chris Reed (teacher of landscape urbanism at the GSD), and Dominic Balmforth (Susturb, danish office).

We are going to show you more about the Triennale, the curators and the projects in future articles, including videos and interviews. 

More information on the main exhibition, complete program, and locations after the break.

Call for Entries: Re-Design Sites of Norway's 2011 Terror Attacks

The traumatizing terror attacks of July 22, 2011 in Norway - including the bombing in Oslo and the massacre on Utøya Island - resulted in 158 persons injured and 77 dead. Those behind the re-design of Utøya Island decided (somewhat controversially) that the island should, in order to "reduce the impact of the massacre," remain a vibrant summer camp rather than become a memorial.

Quality Hotel Expo / Haptic Architects

  • Architects: Haptic Architects
  • Location: Fornebu, Norway
  • Design Team: Nikki Butenschøn MNIL, Tomas Stokke MNAL RIBA, Scott Grady RIBA, Timo Haedrich RIBA
  • Project Manager: AB Invest AS, Anders Buchardt
  • Main Contractor: HENT
  • Graphic Design: Bob Design
  • Area: 14000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Simon Kennedy, Trine Thorsen

© Simon Kennedy © Simon Kennedy © Simon Kennedy © Trine Thorsen

Spikerverket Housing / April Arkitekter

  • Architects: April Arkitekter
  • Location: Oslo, Norway
  • Team Members: Kjersti Hembre, Kathrine Lunøe, Arna Mathiesen, Gunnar Aasen Rogne
  • Landscape Architect: Asplan Viak
  • Master Plan: Mad Arkitekter
  • Developer: Avantor AS
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jiri Havran

© Jiri Havran © Jiri Havran © Jiri Havran © Jiri Havran

Strømbu Rest Area / Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

Jektvik Ferry Quay Area / Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

  • Architects: Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk
  • Location: Jektvik, Rødøy, Norway
  • Architect in Charge: Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk, Manthey Kula (staff in pre-project phase)
  • Co-Workers: Rickard Riesenfeld, Beate Hølmebakk, Per Thamsen
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

Square House Veierland / Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter AS

Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
  • Architects: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter AS
  • Location: Nøtterøy, Norway
  • Area: 120.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

Pulp Press / John Gerrard

  • Architects: John Gerrard
  • Location: Jevnaker, Norway
  • Architect in Charge: John Gerrard
  • Area: 100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: John Gerrard | Pulp Press, 2013 | Installation view at Kistefos Museet, Norway (2013) | Photography: Jiru Havran

© John Gerrard | Pulp Press, 2013 | Installation view at Kistefos Museet, Norway (2013) | Photography: Jiru Havran © John Gerrard | Pulp Press, 2013 | Installation view at Kistefos Museet, Norway (2013) | Photography: Jiru Havran © John Gerrard | Pulp Press, 2013 | Installation view at Kistefos Museet, Norway (2013) | Photography: Jiru Havran © John Gerrard | Pulp Press, 2013 | Installation view at Kistefos Museet, Norway (2013) | Photography: Jiru Havran

Froeyland Orstad Church / LINK Arkitektur AS

  • Architects: LINK Arkitektur AS
  • Location: Kvernaland, Norway
  • Architect in Charge: Link Arkitektur as
  • Area: 2100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Hundven-Clements Photography

© Hundven-Clements Photography © Hundven-Clements Photography © Hundven-Clements Photography © Hundven-Clements Photography

Nedregate Culture District / Space Group

© Ivan Brodey
© Ivan Brodey
  • Architects: Space Group
  • Location: Oslo, Norway
  • Design Team: Adam Kurdahl, Gro Bonesmo, Gary Bates, Jose Hernandez, Eric Gerlach, Wenche Andreasen, Jens Noach, Anne Wordstrup, Frederik Kjelman, Tim Prins, Grant Cooper
  • Client : Signal Mediahus ANS
  • Consultants: Norconsult, Rambøll Norge, Energima, Ingenius Oslo, Franco Bløchlinger / Metallplan AS, 3D akustikk, Oslo El Prosjektering, F-Holm, Bleed, Sundt & Thomassen
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Ivan Brodey, Vegard Kleven, Space Group

© Ivan Brodey © Vegard Kleven © Ivan Brodey © Ivan Brodey

New Tryvann Tower Proposal / MAD Arkitekter

With a unique, prominent position in the urban landscape of Oslo, the Tryvann Tower is an existing TV transmission tower high up on the forested hills surrounding the city. Launching the idea of developing a new Tryvann Tower, MAD Arkitekter envisioned a tower with an elegant and bold design, placed in the same position as today’s tower. The new Tryvann Tower would be both higher and more spacious, giving increased room for a public program. More images and architects’ description after the break.

UIO Tullinkvartalet - New University Building for the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo Proposal / MAD Arkitekter

MAD Arkitekter, in collaboration with developer Entra, have developed a project for the relocation of the University of Oslo’s Faculty of Law. The project site and the historical university buildings are on opposite sides of the urban square, Tullinløkka, and a historical building on the site will also be preserved. The new university buildings for UIO are given a compact form, with frontage towards Tullinløkka as well as an iconic expression which takes a position in the cityscape. More images and architects’ description after the break.