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Cathedral of the Northern Lights / SHL Architects + LINK arkitektur

© Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

© Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk

Norwegian University of Science and Technology Spring Guest Lecture Series

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), recently launched their Spring 2013 Guest Lecture Series in architecture, titled “DigitalAnalog”, which is free and open to the public. Most lectures take place at 6:00 pm in Dokkhuset, Dokkparken 4, Trondheim, Norway unless otherwise noted with the first lecture taking place this coming Thursday, February 14th. The series will focus on the differences and commonalities between analogue and digital workflows. Keynote speakers include Michael Hansmeyer, Anette Spiro and Lund &Skare. For more information, please visit here.

INABA Completes Skylight

INABA has completed Skylight, a permanent installation for KORO Public Art Norway. The 6.6 m (22 ft) diameter, 11.5 m (38 ft) long structure hangs from the foyer of the New Concert Hall in Stavanger, Norway. It is visible from the adjacent public plaza, and surrounding neighborhood and harbor, serving as a light beacon for the complex. 

Responding to the region’s extreme atmospheric conditions, Skylight emits a range of pure color light patterns that contrast and complement the blended luminous tones of the dawn and twilight Nordic sky. Conceived of as an inverted chandelier, Skylight’s light fixtures are mounted to face inward and illuminate the structure’s interior surface. Its programmable LED system is animated to change in brightness and hue, and produce distinct patterns during arrival, theater calls, intermission, departure, and after hours.

Video, images and more information on Skylight after the break.

Trond clubhouse / Bjørke Arkitektur + Steffen Wellinger

© Pasi Aalto © Pasi Aalto © Pasi Aalto © Pasi Aalto

Scandic Hotel Fornebu / NSW AS

© Einar Aslaksen
© Einar Aslaksen
  • Architects: NSW AS
  • Location: Fornebu, Norway
  • Design Team: Tore Schjetlein (responsible partner), Gudmund Stenseth (project architect), Tiffany Otis, Emelie Tornberg, Luis Santos, Chiara M. Zorzi, Geir Klefstad, Taylor Ferring
  • Area: 25000.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Einar Aslaksen

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

Skatt Øst / NSW AS

  • Architects: NSW AS
  • Location: Oslo, Norway
  • Design Team: Tore Schjetlein, Gudmund Stenseth, Morten Hosen, Mirjana Grahovac, Luis Santos, Tormod Slevikmoen, Tomas Løvset, Geir Klefstad
  • Area: 25000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Einar Aslaksen, Espen Grønli, Courtesy of NSW

© Einar Aslaksen © Einar Aslaksen © Espen Grønli Courtesy of NSW

Straight Up Oslo: Views Within the City by Cameron R. Neilson

Straight Up: Oslo; © Cameron R Neilson
Straight Up: Oslo; © Cameron R Neilson

Photographer Cameron R Neilson, who we introduced in our earlier post about Oslo’s ripening real estate market, has produced some fantastic views from within Oslo.  As part of the Straight Up project, Neilson is challenging both the way in which city-scapes and skylines are photographed and the way that our eyes navigate the urban environment. Check out the remarkable photographs after the break.

DNB Bank Headquarters / MVRDV

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Location: Oslo, Norway
  • Area: 36500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jiri Havran, Jeroen Musch

© Jeroen Musch © Jiri Havran © Jiri Havran © Jiri Havran

Oslo: A Haven For Adventurous Design

Barcode Project / Lund Hagem Architects; Courtesy of Lund Hagem Architects
Barcode Project / Lund Hagem Architects; Courtesy of Lund Hagem Architects

For architects, Oslo has become a safe haven from Europe’s economic turmoil. According to an article by J.S. Marcus for The Wall Street Journal, dozens of new architectural projects currently under construction are not only changing the city’s humble skyline, putting the city on the cutting-edge of architectural design, but are also pulling in a base of buyers that are eager to call the city’s waterfront home (no wonder Norway was voted our work). And nowhere can Oslos’s transformation be better seen than in the new quarter of Operakvarteret, where a 20,000 square-meter, mixed use development project has brought various, innovative architects together to design a new face for Oslo. More after the break.

Knowledge and Cultural Square Winning Proposal / Mecanoo Architecten + Code Arkitektur + Buro Happold

Courtesy of Mecanoo Architecten + Code Arkitektur + Buro Happold
Courtesy of Mecanoo Architecten + Code Arkitektur + Buro Happold

Just this Monday, Kongsberg City Council announced that Mecanoo Architecten, together with Code Arkitektur and Buro Happold, won the design competition for a Knowledge and Cultural Square in the center of Kongsberg, a former mining town about 75 kilometers southwest of Oslo, Norway. The project comprises of a design for a cultural and teaching building totaling approximately 24,000 m², and includes future expansion of other functions, such as student housing, sports facilities and businesses. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Trondheim Student Housing / MEK Architects

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán

The house in the thicket / Kasper Bonna Lundgaard M.Arch

  • Architects: Kasper Bonna Lundgaard M.Arch
  • Location: Oslo, Norway
  • Area: 244.4 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Kasper Bonna Lundgaard

Courtesy of Kasper Bonna Lundgaard Courtesy of Kasper Bonna Lundgaard Courtesy of Kasper Bonna Lundgaard Courtesy of Kasper Bonna Lundgaard

Ruten Competition Winning Proposal: 'Lysning' / Space Group + Superunion Architects

Courtesy of Space Group +  Superunion Architects
Courtesy of Space Group + Superunion Architects

Designed by Space Group + Superunion Architects, their winning proposal for Ruten competition reflects the city of Sandnes’ development and establishes Ruten as a natural center and Sandnes as a future city with strong roots and a proud local history. The proposal, titled ‘Lysning’, consists of a ring that connects and creates the new transport hub and public space below for an attractive unifying roof. As the Central Park in New York was built before the Manhattan grid was condensed around it, Ruten has remained as a buffer in the urban development in anticipation of something bigger. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Twisted House / JVA

© Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale

Architects: JVA Location: Kvitfjell, Norway Design Team: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Claes Cho Heske Ekornaas Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Nils Petter Dale

© Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale

TYIN tegnestue wins 2012 European Prize for Architecture

Cassia Coop Training Centre / TYIN Tegnestue Architects © Pasi Aalto
Cassia Coop Training Centre / TYIN Tegnestue Architects © Pasi Aalto

Andreas G. Gjertsen and Yashar Hanstad, principals of the architecture cooperative TYIN tegnestue Architects in Trondheim, Norway, have been named as this year’s winners of The European Prize for Architecture. The young Norwegian architects were honored for their humanitarian work designing and building with community participation in poor and underdeveloped areas in Africa and Asia. Annually presented by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, the prize is awarded to influential European architects “who have demonstrated a significant contribution to humanity and to the built environment through the art of architecture”. Continue reading for more information and a sample of TYIN tegnestue Architects’ work.