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Gurisentret Outdoor Stage and Visitor Centre / Askim/Lantto Architects

© Bjarne Ytrøy
© Bjarne Ytrøy

Architects: Askim/Lantto Architects Location: The Edøy Island, Smøla, Norway Project Leader: Niels Marius Askim Project Year: 2008 Photographs: Courtesy of Kvernberget Print og Reklame AS, Niels Marius Askim, Bjarne Ytrøy

© Niels Marius Askim © Niels Marius Askim © Niels Marius Askim © Bjarne Ytrøy

Venice Biennale 2012: Nordic Pavilion

Anttila Oiva Architects © Museum of Finnish Architecture and Ilari Järvinen
Anttila Oiva Architects © Museum of Finnish Architecture and Ilari Järvinen

In celebration of the Nordic Pavilion’s fiftieth anniversary, thirty-two architects born after the year 1962 have been invited to present a model of a conceptual “house” that reflects their personal philosophy of architecture at the 2012 Venice Biennale exhibition “Light Houses: On the Nordic Common Ground”. Eleven architects from Finland and Sweden, along with ten architects from Norway will each respond to the sobering economic constraints and diminishing environmental resources that challenge architects today. Contemporary Nordic architectural culture offers both exemplary approaches and significant constructed works addressing these challenging circumstances. The classic hallmarks of Nordic architecture – simplified form, frugal use of materials and sensitive treatment of daylight and the natural setting – embody the basic principles of responsible, sustainable architecture. Continue after the break to learn more.

Sauna / Formløs Architecture

Courtesy of Formløs Architecture
Courtesy of Formløs Architecture

Sitting on the brink of a waterfall near Loddgard farm in central Norway, the sauna, designed by Formløs Architecture, is simple and sculptural. As if cut from one piece of wood, the sauna hovers one foot above the ground and stretches out over the water. The idea for the sauna came from a wish to bring festival guests together in an atmosphere where all social constructions from daily life can be forgotten and the opera singer from the capital sits shoulder to shoulder with the local farmer. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Destination Forus / MAD Architects

Designed by MAD Architects, Destination Forus is intended to be a clear, robust and effective masterplan to become an exclusive commercial district, both in form and function, which radically differentiates itself from the surrounding building fabric. Increased density and urbanity on one side is juxtaposed against the openness of Forus Park on the other. This sustainable commercial development includes good housing areas, an efficient infrastructure, an abundance of wildlife and agricultural areas, and forests and green fields. They are creating a place that is worthy of a strong identity. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Selvika

  • Architects: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
  • Location: Havøysund, Norway
  • Area: 10.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • 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

Official Opening for Trollstigen National Tourist Route / RRA

Tomorrow, June 16th, marks the official opening of Reiulf Ramstad Architects‘ National Tourist Route project.  Back in 2004, the Norwegian firm placed first in an invited competition to design a viewing platform extending from the Trollstigen mountain plateau and an information center.  After eight years spent designing and constructing the vision, an official opening will be hosted by Norway’s Transport and Communications Minister Magnhild Meltveit on the plateau.  The national celebration also marks the 75th anniversary of the famous Trollstigvegen (the mountain was renamed as a marketing strategy years ago when tourism activity levels were rising).  RRA’s Trollstigen project is just one stop along miles of the Norwegian natural landscape that will promote tourism by bringing people in closer contact with the country’s beautiful backdrop.  The route, which runs between Geiranger and Trollstigen, provides rare driving experiences as people pass high mountains and deep fjords, with narrow ledges and small shorelines.   By developing this stretch, more will be able to enjoy such an experience. Please view our previous coverage for more on the project which was voted ArchDaily’s Building of the Year for public facilities in 2009.

Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority HQ / Space Group Architects

  • Architects: Space Group Architects
  • Location: Bodo, Na Uy
  • Architects: Space Group Architects
  • Competition Team:  Gary Bates, Gro Bonesmo, Adam Kurdahl, Fredrik Kjellman, Naofumi Namba, Tim Prins 
  • Design:  Space Group
  • Client:  Breeze Luft AS/ Luftfartstilsynet  
  • Site:  Waterfront property, Bodø city center 
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Jeroen Musch

© Jeroen Musch © Jeroen Musch © Jeroen Musch © Jeroen Musch

Haraldsplass Hospital / C. F. Møller Architects

Courtesy of C. F. Møller Architects
Courtesy of C. F. Møller Architects

The winning proposal by C. F. Møller Architects for a new 10,000 m2 ward building for Haraldsplass Hospital in Bergen, Norway has been described by the jury as, “a whole new kind of hospital”. Gone are the traditional hospital corridors, to be replaced by open common areas and efficient logistics. The new building will lie at the foot of the Ulriken mountain, with the river Møllendalselven in front. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Survival Architecture Workshop

© Nikita Wu
© Nikita Wu

Led by envir­on­mental archi­tect and anarch­ist, Marco Casagrande, representing the Aalto University Environmental Art Masters Program, stu­dents were to join in the cre­ation of a nomadic city on the ice, both weath­er­ing and embra­cing the cold and wind, and altern­at­ing bliz­zards and slush over the course of ten days. There were twenty of them in total. In addi­tion to Marco him­self, his wife, Taiwanese journ­al­ist Nikita Wu, his long time friend Norwegian archi­tect Hans-​Petter Bjørnådal, Czech MA stu­dent and carpenter-​extraordinaire Jan Tyrpekl, made up the organ­iz­a­tional team. The Lapland nat­ive believes in an almost cruel method to his medium, where human inten­tions come nat­ur­ally second to nature’s. It is with this in mind that one needs to approach his work­shop on the frozen lake of Rössvatnet in sub­arc­tic Norway. More of the team’s description, by Guoda Bardauskaitė and Suzanne van Niekerk, on the workshop after the break.

'Noun.1 Unavailability' / Gartnerfuglen Arkitekter

© Astrid Rohde Wang and Olav Lunde Arneberg
© Astrid Rohde Wang and Olav Lunde Arneberg

Designed by Gartnerfuglen Arkitekter, the small shelter for ice fishing, titled ‘Noun.1 Unavailability’, is built with and by nature. The timber frame is foldable for easy relocation and storage, and is effortlessly put up anywhere by one (or two small) persons in 30 seconds. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Arch Cultural Center / 3XN

  • Architects: 3XN
  • Location: Mandal, Norway
  • Client: Halse Property, Norway
  • Cost: 33.000.000 euros approx.
  • Area: 4500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 0

The Arch Cultural Center / 3XN The Arch Cultural Center / 3XN The Arch Cultural Center / 3XN The Arch Cultural Center / 3XN

Tonstad School And Publich Bath / Filter Arkitekter

  • Architects: Filter Arkitekter
  • Location: Tonstad,Sirdal, Norway
  • Collaborator: Richard Engelbrektsonmnal
  • Landscape Architect: Bar Bakke as
  • Artist: Christian Sunde
  • Client: SirdalKommune
  • Contractor: Br. Reme as
  • Area: 6690.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Nils Petter Dale

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

Villa Korsmo / Huus og Heim Arkitektur

© Huus og Heim Arkitektur AS
© Huus og Heim Arkitektur AS

Villa Korsmo is a single family house designed for a couple at Nesodden just outside Oslo. It’s situated on a beautiful plot, characterized by natural vegetaion, pine trees and rugged terrain. The main idea for the project was to make a house that could connect the two sides of the plot, which is divided by a natural height in the terrain. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Power Stations Bjornstokk and Ovre Forsland / Stein Hamre Arkitektkontor As

© Mir & Stein Hamre Arkitektkontor As
© Mir & Stein Hamre Arkitektkontor As

Stein Hamre Arkitektkontor As shared with us their design for new hydraulic power stations in northern Norway. The main idea is that the power stations should adapt to the site. More images and architect description after the break.

Northface House / Element Arkitekter AS

  • Architects: Element Arkitekter AS
  • Location: Stavanger, Norway
  • Architects: Element Arkitekter AS
  • Design Team: Cathrine Vigander, Vidar Kutsen, Hallvard Huse, Alexander Wærste
  • Consultants: Boye og Waage & Co AS, Jan Petter Dybdahl AS and Moelven Massivtre AS
  • Area: 277.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Element Arkitekter AS

© Element Arkitekter AS © Element Arkitekter AS © Element Arkitekter AS © Element Arkitekter AS