Jarmund / Vigsnæs Architects was the first Nordic practice we featured on ArchDaily after seeing their impressive Svalvard Center, a sharp copper-cladded volume that slowly ages and blends into the landscape.
Since then we have seen many more strong projects of different scales from the Norwegian firm. The firm was established in 1996 by Einar Jarmund and Håkon Vigsnæs, with Alessandra Kosberg who joined as a partner in 2004.
JVA’s projects range from small cabins in the woods and interiors, to large scale hospitality projects and urban plans. The firm has developed expertise in designing for the Nordic weather as well as creating connections between the buildings and the distinctive Nordic landscape. With the above as their focus, the practice constantly explores how to innovate through the use and experimentation of materials.
JVA projects at ArchDaily:
Location: Myrkdalen, Norway
Primary Architects: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Nils Røsvik, Tuva Salomonsen Hansen, Anna Zeuthen Andersen
Consultants: Seim & Hultgreen AS, Sweco Norge AS, Oras Bergen AS, Bravida Norge AS, Vangen Elektriske AS, Vestlandske Limtreindustri AS
Area: 7600.0 sqm
Photographs: Nils Petter Dale
Location: Sørenga, Oslo, Norway
Primary Architects: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Anders Granli, Kazuhiko Yamada, Claes Cho Heske Ekornås, Jeanette Alvestad
Collaborating Architects: 4B Arkitekter AS, Context AS
Client: Sørenga Utvikling AS
Area: 14,500 sqm
Photographs: Nils Petter Dale, Knut Bry
Jarmund / Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL was established in 1996 by Einar Jarmund and Håkon Vigsnæs. Alessandra Kosberg became partner in 2004. The firm is located in Oslo, Norway. JVA works in a wide architectural range with commissions mainly in Norway, but also in other European countries. The majority of their finished work are public buildings and housing projects. JVA also are involved in urban planning and building interiors; aiming to cover all corners of the architectural field. They focus on the independent concept for every single project, avoiding general stylistic approaches. Priority is given to early participation in creative programming and an attentive relation towards the surroundings.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the 2012 shortlist for the UK’s pre-eminent private housing design award, the Manser Medal. These five houses, chosen from winners of RIBA Awards and RIBA regional awards, are competing for the UK’s “best new house”.
The 2012 Manser Medal shortlist includes:
- The Dune House in Thorpeness, Suffolk / Jarmund Vigsnaes Architects & Mole Architects
- Private house in Gloucestershire / Found Associates
- Private house in East Sussex / Duggan Morris Architects
- Two Passive Solar Gain Houses, Porthadown, Cornwall / Simon Conder Associates
- Maison L, Ile de France / Christian Pottgiesser – Architecture Possibles
The winner will be announced at the RIBA Stirling Prize dinner October 13, 2012 in Manchester. This year’s judges include Michael Manser CBE, architect; Lady Jill Ritblat; and Tony Chapman, Hon FRIBA, RIBA Head of Awards.
Learn more about each project after the break.
The ‘New Nordic – Architecture & Identity’ exhibition, which opened this past Thursday and is on view until October 21, is the first exhibition in a new series at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The exhibit explores the relationship of architecture to culture and identity. The series deals with architecture as a field where collective memories and narratives are reflected materially and spatially. It attempts to reveal whether certain special ‘Nordic’ features recur in architecture, and whether this involves a fundamental formal idiom that is regularly reinterpreted. Five Nordic architects - Studio Granda, Iceland, Johan Celsing, Sweden, Jarmund/Vigsnæs (JVA), Norway, Lassila Hirvilammi, Finland and Lundgaard & Tranberg, Denmark – have been invited to build a house that serves as an expression of the regional identity and experience from which the individual architect comes.
More images and information on the exhibition after the break.
Architects: JVA – Vigsnaes AS Architects MNAL
Location: Gullesfjord, Troms, Norway
Design Team: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Stian Schjelderup, Kazuhiko Yamada
Client: Statens Vegvesen, region Nord v/Frits Karlsen
Size: 308 sqm
Consultants: AS Frederiksen, Union Consult BORO VVS og Miljø AS, Malnes og Endresen AS.
Photographs: Håkon Aurlien, Nils Petter Dale, Stian Schelderup
Architects: Jarmund / Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL
Location: Asker, Norway
Client: Cecilie Enger
Contractor: Gunnar Johansson
Project area: 16 sqm
Project year: 2007 – 2008
Photographs: Nils Petter Dale
Lost in Nature: The Architecture of Jarmund/Vigsnæs opens September 17 and runs through November 14, 2010. Contemporary Norwegian architecture is among the most vibrant in the world today, and this exhibition features a collection of work by the renowned Oslo-based architecture firm Jarmund/Vigsnæs (see their projects right here). Through photographs and models, the exhibition highlights architectural projects that focus on close relationships with Norwegian nature. Lost in Nature is supported in part by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Architect: Jarmund / Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL – Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Harald B. Lode
Location: Kvitfjell, Norway
Client: Gunnar Jenssen, Kvitfjell Vest AS
Contractor: Tradisjonsbygg AS
Project Area: 7,500 sqm
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Norsk Form, Espen Haakenstad, Nils Petter Dale, Jarmund / Vigsnæs as
Architect: Jarmund / Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL – Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg
Location: Vestfold, Norway
Assisted by: Jan Stavik, Nikolaj Zamecznik
Contractor: Torolf Stenersen as
Gross area: 300 sqm
Design year: 2000 / 2007-2009
Construction year: 2008-2009
Photography: Nils Petter Dale
While looking for works to feature on ArchDaily like a year and a half ago, I was going through a norwegian magazine I found at a friend’s house and saw an enigmatic copper building sitting in the snow: the Svalbard Science Centre (pictured above). Since it was in norwegian, all I could figure out was the name of the practice: JVA.
So I googled it and immediately got in touch with Einar Jarmund, one of the partners of JVA, and was able to see the high level of architectural production being done by this office, which you can see on the 11 works we have featured so far at ArchDaily. Since then, they became one of my favorite practices.
During this year the exhibition about their Work, “Lost in Nature”, has been on display in several cities and for the first time in North America. The exhibition is currently at the Washington University in St. Louis in the Steinberg Hall Architecture Gallery. It will be opened with a lecture by Einar Jarmund
yesterday today, and it will be on display until November 29. If you are around, I highly recommend you to visit it.
During 2010 the exhibit will be at the State University of New York (Buffalo, NY, USA), the Museum of Nordic Heritage (Seattle, WA, USA), the Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) and in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).