6 Proposals Revealed for Oslo’s New Government Quarter

Courtesy of BIG

Nearly 100 architects, designers, and consultants have been developing designs for a competition for the new government quarter in Oslo. Drawing an initial 24 entries, the intent of the competition was to generate viable solutions for the future relocation of all government ministries (excluding the defense ministry), emphasizing an urban atmosphere and public elements. In the six shortlisted proposals from both local and international firms, including BIG, Snøhetta, and MVRDV, the themes of building tall and introducing green space emerged.

Now a ten-member committee of industry professionals will assist Statsbygg, the public construction advisers collaborating on the government’s behalf, with the evaluation of each design. Take a look at the six proposals after the break.

Grorudparken / LINK arkitektur

© Tomasz Majewski

Architects: LINK arkitektur
Location: ,
Area: 119000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tomasz Majewski

Mesterfjellet 1-10 School and Family Centre / CEBRA

© Mikkel Frost

Architects: CEBRA, SPINN Arkitekter, Various Architects
Location: Larvik, Norway
Area: 6000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mikkel Frost, Jiri Havran

Bergen University College / Cubo Arkitekter + HLM Arkitektur

Courtesy of Cubo Arkitekter + HLM Arkitektur

Architects: Cubo Arkitekter, HLM Arkitektur
Location: University of Bergen, Bergen,
Area: 51750.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Cubo Arkitekter + HLM Arkitektur

Tubakuba Mountain Hub / OPA Form

© Espen Folgerø

Architects: OPA Form
Location: , Norway
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: Tromsø,
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

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, Norway
Area: 120.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Søren Harder Nielsen, RRA


© Einar Aslaksen

Architects: NSW AS
Location: Oslo, 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

© Jiru Havran

Architects: A2 Architects
Location: Jevnaker,
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 installation 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 , 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

© David Grandorge

Architects: DRDH Architects
Location: , Norway
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

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

© Lars Petter Pettersen

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 Atelier , 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

© Hundven-Clements Photography

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