Tubakuba Mountain Hub / OPA Form

© Espen Folgerø

Architects: OPA Form
Location: Bergen,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Espen Folgerø, Gunnar Sørås, Helge Skodvin, Marina Magreøy, Stine Elise Kristoffersen

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Wins Competition to Design Mixed-Use Complex in Central Oslo

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schmidt hammer lassen architects have won a competition to design a new retail and office complex in central Oslo. The winning scheme, chosen ahead of five other proposals, was chosen for “its strong and innovative” design that “enhances the existing urban qualities” and forms a “new connection between the building and city life.”

Cabin Laksvatn / Hamran/Johansen Arkitekter

© Ivan Brodey

Architects: Hamran/Johansen Arkitekter
Location: , Norway
Architect In Charge: Lars Hamran
Consultants: eStatikk AS
Area: 50.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ivan Brodey, André Severin Johansen

Nomadic Shelter / SALT Siida Workshop

© Piotr Paczkowski

Architects: SALT Siida Workshop
Location: Fylkesveg 475 160, 8140 Inndyr,
Area: 12.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Piotr Paczkowski

V-Lodge / Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

© Søren Harder Nielsen

Architects: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
Location: Ål,
Area: 120.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Søren Harder Nielsen, RRA

WOTHOUSE / NSW AS

© Einar Aslaksen

Architects: NSW AS
Location: , Norway
Design Team: Gudmund Stenseth, Tore Schjetlein, Tiffany Otis, Luis Santos
Project Manager: Gudmund Stenseth
Area: 248.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Einar Aslaksen

Pulp Press at Kistefos / A2 Architects

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Architects: A2 Architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Peter Carroll, Caomhan Murphy, Joan McElligott, David McInerney
Technical Design: Jakob Ilera, INSEQ
Area: 100.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jiru Havran

Grønneviksøren Student Apartments / 3RW Arkitekter

© Cecilie Bannow

Architects: 3RW Arkitekter
Location: Bergen,
Area: 21750.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Cecilie Bannow

Snøhetta’s Illustrated Travel Guide for Oslo

Illustration by Jorunn Sannes via Vogue.com

Sleek, contemporary, and unapologetically eclectic, the work of Norwegian firm Snøhetta is as diverse as it is synonymous with modern Scandinavian design. Spanning everything from architecture and master planning to art and product and packaging design, Snøhetta’s projects are characterized by the marriage of efficiency, quirky charm, and an eye for beauty. Offering a broad selection of suggestions for visitors to Oslo, Snøhetta’s guide to the nation’s capital is no different. Reflecting the favorite attractions of architects, artists, and brand designers from within the firm, the guide includes a windowless barjazz-punk band, and the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, even encompassing the work of Oslo-based design contemporary, Element Arkitekter, in Lærernes hus. Read the rest of the seven travel selections here.

Stormen / DRDH Architects

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Architects: DRDH Architects
Location: Bodø,
Directors: Daniel Rosbottom, David Howarth
Project Team Leader: Jillian Jones
Design Team Concert Hall: Ewan Stone (project architect), Patrick Haymann (project architect Main Hall), Mayuko Kanasugi, Jacob Sjöblom, Phoung Pham, Jef Driesen
Design Team Library: Richard Marks (project architect), Paolo Scianna, Victoria Jessen Pike, Cecilia Sjöholm
Competition: Matthew Phillips, Jonathon Connolly, David de la Mare, Kristin Nilsen
Area: 17500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: David Grandorge

BIG, MVRDV and Snøhetta Among 6 Shortlisted for Oslo Goverment Quarter

Oslo Opera House / Snøhetta. Image © CC Flickr User Howard Ignatius

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…

Cabin Norderhov / Atelier Oslo

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Architects: Atelier Oslo
Location: Norderhov,
Design Team: Nils Ole Bae Brandtzæg, Thomas Liu, Marius Mowe, Jonas Norsted, Juan Ruiz, Bosheng Gan, Sveinn Thorarinsson, Emmanuel Ferm
Area: 80.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Lars Petter Pettersen, Courtesy of , Jonas Adolfsen

Curatorial Team Announced For The 2016 Oslo Triennale

OAT 2016 Winning Proposal. Image Courtesy of 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).

Community Church Knarvik / Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

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Architects: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
Location: Knarvik, Norway
Area: 2250.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hundven-Clements Photography, Of RRA

Professionals Roar in Norway: Unique Architecture Under Threat from Government

The Y-block with “The Fishermen”. Image © Trond Isaksen / Statsbygg

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”.

Woody15 / Marianne Borge

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Architects: Marianne Borge
Location: Isdammen,
Area: 17.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jonas Adolfsen

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

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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 , 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.