Designing Invisible Architecture: Bird Hides by Biotope

Steilnes Bird Hide. Image Courtesy of Biotope

Biotope, a three-strong Norwegian practice based in the Arctic town of Varanger, have designed since 2009. For them, architecture is “a tool to protect and promote birds, wildlife and nature” – an approach reflected in their carefully crafted, environmentally integrated fragments of the ‘invisible’: small shelters that must blend into and be absorbed by their surroundings. Their diligent work has seen become established as one of the best birding destinations in Northern Europe and their unique design solutions are now being sought across Scandinavia.

Feisteinveien / Rever & Drage Architects

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Architects: Rever & Drage Architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Tom Auger, Martin Beverfjord, Eirik Lilledrange
Area: 110.0 sqm
Photographs: Tom Auger

Pålsbu Hydro Power Station / Manthey Kula Architects

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Architects: Manthey Kula Architects
Location: , Norway
Design Team: Per Tamsen, Beate Hølmebakk
Area: 330 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Manthey Kula Architects

Arthur Andersson on Timeless Materials & Building “Ruins”

Tower House . Image © Art Gray

Material Minds, presented by ArchDaily Materials, is our new series of short interviews with architects, designers, scientists, and others who use architectural  in innovative ways. Enjoy!

Arthur Andersson of Andersson-Wise Architects wants to build . He wants things to be timeless – to look good now and 2000 years from now. He wants buildings to fit within a place and time. To do that he has a various set of philosophies, processes and some great influences. Read our full in-depth interview with Mr. Andersson, another revolutionary ”Material Mind,” after the break.

Sverre Fehn’s Drawings for Venice’s Nordic Pavilion To Be Exhibited in Oslo

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Norwegian architect and Pritzker Laureate Sverre Fehn’s original drawings for the Nordic Pavilion in Venice are to be presented alongside Ferruzzi’s monochromatic photographs of the building in an exhibition at the National Museum of Architecture in Venice: Fehn’s Nordic Pavilion documents the incredible task undertaken by Fehn who, at the age of thirty-four, won the competition to design the pavilion and subsequently won international acclaim when the building was completed in 1962.

“Forms of Freedom: African Independence and Nordic Models” – The Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014

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From the Curators. The exhibition at the Pavilion has been titled FORMS OF FREEDOM: African Independence and Models. The exhibition explores and documents how modern architecture was an integral part of aid to East Africa in the 1960s and 1970s. The resulting architecture is of a scope and quality that has not previously been comprehensively studied or exhibited.

AD Interviews: Andreas G. Gjertsen / TYIN tegnestue

A young, cooperative architecture practice based in Trondheim, and founded in 2008 by Andreas G. Gjertsen and Yashar Hanstad, TYIN tegnestue has already built in Thailand, Myanmar, Haiti, Uganda and their native Norway. Though the partners are relatively young, the quality of their designs has earned them the important distinction of being recognized for The European Prize for Architecture (joining the ranks of GRAFT, BIG and Marco Casagrande).  And their projects have been pretty popular with ArchDaily’s readers, too.

TYIN tengstue started working as students, and the success of their firm has been dependent on their ability to find a way to fund the kind of work they were passionate about in school. For us, their approach to knowledge sharing is notable; they make their projects completely available. Also, when they build and create new architecture that uses traditional materials, they train local work forces so that the designs can be replicated–giving the architecture a better chance for proliferating within the context it was specifically design for.

Don’t miss our conversation with Andreas, and check out ’s projects on ArchDaily:

Barnetraakk / TYIN Tegnestue + Rintala Eggertsson Architects

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Architects: Rintala Eggertsson Architects, TYIN Tegnestue
Location: Oppland,
Built By: Rintala Eggertsson Architects,
Planning Team: Yashar Hanstad, Andreas G. Gjertsen, Sami Rintala, Dagur Eggertsson, Vibeke Jenssen and children at the Trintom Elementary School
Area: 20.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Pasi Aalto

BoxHome / Sami Rintala

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Architects: Sami Rintala
Location: Oslo,
Work Group: Sami Rintala, Dagur Eggertson, John Roger Holte, Julian Fors
Area: 19.0 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Sami Rintala, Ivan Brodey

TRD Heinemann / TYIN Tegnestue

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Architects: TYIN Tegnestue
Location: Trondheim Airport, Værnes (TRD), ,
Area: 62 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Pasi Aalto

Lyset Paa Lista / TYIN Tegnestue

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Architects: TYIN Tegnestue
Location: Lista, Farsund,
Area: 120 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Pasi Aalto

Arne Garborgsvei 18 / TYIN Tegnestue

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Architects: TYIN Tegnestue
Location: , Norway
Area: 48.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Pasi Aalto

Communication Linge Ferry Terminal / Knut Hjeltnes

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Architects: Knut Hjeltnes
Location: ,
Year: 2010
Photographs: Jiri Havran

Twins’ House / JVA

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Architects: JVA
Location: Oslo,
Primary Architects: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Nikolaj Zamecznik, Lars Hamran, Tuva Salomonsen Hansen
Area: 370 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jonas Adolfsen

The Aluminum Cabin / JVA

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Architects: JVA
Location: Vestfold,
Primary Architects: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs,Alessandra Kosberg, Ane Sønderaal Tolfsen
Area: 90 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nils Petter Dale

Vega Cottage / Kolman Boye Architects

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Architects: Kolman Boye Architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Erik Kolman Janouch, Victor Boye Julebäk
Area: 140 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Lindman Photography

Split House / JVA

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Architects: JVA
Location: , Norway
Primary Architects: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Stian Schjelderup, Claes Cho Heske Ekornås
Area: 360.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nils Petter Dale

Summer house Grøgaard and Slaattelid / Knut Hjeltnes

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Architects: Knut Hjeltnes
Location: , Norway
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Knut Hjeltnes