The former school building was too small, and had to be replaced. The new building includes a large multipurpose sports hall, its own performance hall and an open library. Offices for the community culture school and part of the local council is also located here. The school houses 770 pupils from 1st to 10th grade. The facilities both indoor and outdoor will serve the whole community. The school is located to an almost flat site, slightly rising to the north, in a valley surrounded by hills. East of the site there are ravines with grassy slopes and valuable vegetation belts. Two power lines are crossing the area. With the largest line to the west, the project and the landscape design therefore pays more attention to the east. The vegetation belts in the east are reinforced and continue into the campus. Closer to the building, they get more cultured, and “finger-merged” with the building wings.
The landscape for this school was designed by Østengen & Bergo AS. The school is located in a gently sloping terrain towards the south west, with traces of past ravines. The building is located with its “back” to the north and opens against the sports facilities and the hills far away to the south. The schoolyard is developed around a central zone south of the building. To the west is built a garden formed as stylized ravines, linked to the building with wooden piers, including various activities. Along the south wall of the building is an activity area with basketball court, volleyball court, running track, jumping pits for long jump and table tennis. The area will also serve as a great gathering place for the school. In one of the ravines there is also a volleyball court.
Landscape Architect: Østengen & Bergo AS, landscape architects MNLA
Location: Gjerdrum, Norway
Architect: Kristin Jarmund Architects
Area: 56,000 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Rolf Estensen, Jiri Havran, Dagrun Agnethe Ødegaard
Last year, we shared the results of Europan 10 with you - a biennial competition asking architects for innovative housing solutions for European sites. For 2011, the competition’s objective is to promote awareness about the environment and how we occupy the natural world. We’ve been covering the 2011 proposals, such as Europan Norway 2011, and today, we share an update on the progress of the Europan Norway 2010 winning scheme. After winning the Europan for Trondheim Norway, Point Supreme Architects, Alexandros Gerousis and Beth Hughes, have recently completed the second phase of the concept design and are preparing for the project to be realized. Recently, the project was identified as a pilot project for the Norwegian government’s ‘Cities of the Future’ program – currently one of only 6 in Norway and the second in Trondheim. The project will serve as an example of environmentally sustainable design strategies combined with innovative architecture – reflecting the ambitions and principles of Svartlamoen which has also been regulated as an eco-urban testing ground.
More about the winning project after the break.
Reiulf Ramstad Architects will be hosting an exhibition that aims to explore the questions of this century that deal with the tension between local and global conditions of the natural and the artificial, between cyberspace and realspace, and between stillness and change. Their ambition is to create a contemporary architecture-based analysis of the site, from which emerges a sensitive interpretation of these conditions, paving the way for architectural design.
Based on the uniqueness of each context, RRA hopes to establish a carefully chosen set of materials and spatial distribution characterized by each place and the intervention. Their projects are characterized by forms and innovative tectonic stress of a spatial continuity between exterior and interior landscapes.
The exhibition will take place this Friday, April 15, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at La Galerie d’Architecture.
This competition entry for the densification of the surburb of Furuset outside of Oslo, Norway comes from a-lab in collaboration with COWI AS and Architectopia. The goal of the project is toreduce the CO2 emission by 50% by the year 2030, Furuset will be a model project in sustainable urban development by increasing the density of the community with the addition of 2500 housing units and 1500 workspaces.
With a growing and diversifying population, the designers considered the kind of urban plan that is adaptive and stable enough to nurture the growth of the community developing in Furuset. The proposal looks forward to creating a strong identity that forms the framework for a high quality of life. exciting urban spaces, diversity, density and a healthy economy.
More on the development of this proposal after the break.
INABA‘s proposal was selected for a permanent artwork installation at the new concert hall in Stavanger, Normway. From a field of six invited international teams the cylindrical structure, 8m in diameter and 13m tall will be the focal point of the five-story high lobby.
Location: Stavanger, Norway
Client: KORO Public Art Norway
Graphic Design: MTWTF
Engineering: Buro Happold
Project Team: (INABA) Jeffrey Inaba, Darien Williams, Karin Nelson, Yasmeen Khan, Micael Duran, Eugene Park, Sorayos Tang Chuenchomphu, Kristoffer Miller, (Buro Happold) Cristobal Correa, Jeff Thompson, (MTWTF) Glen Cummings, Aliza Dzik, (Ljusarkitektur) Kai Piippo, Clara Fraenkel
Photographs: Courtesy of INABA
Architects: Reiulf Ramstad Architects
Location: Fagerborg, Oslo, Norway
Project area: 1,200 sqm
Project year: 2003 – 2010
Photographs: Thomas Bjørnflaten
Lund+Slaatto Architects, in collaboration with Nils Tveit Architects shared with us their winning proposal for the Arena Ulstein competition in Ulsteinvik, Norway. The main idea of the project is to create a place of sports and activities, where the qualities of the magnificent surrounding landscape will merge with the bourgeoning urban live of the town of Ulsteinvik. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The 11th edition of the Europan competition explores a European urban realm undergoing dramatic changes. The global financial crisis has led to tires burning in Greece and protesters marching the streets of Paris. A wave of young, unemployed but highly educated Europeans has been called “The Lost Generation”. Europe is a territory of emerging conflicts. Strained public budgets will force architects to develop strategies for public space that serve a greater set of purposes – political, economical, social, and environmental. Future emphasis is not on how architecture looks, but what it does. Even in Norway, an economic island in many ways, a new post oil era is closing in. Paired with rising pension costs, a new reality of fiscal constraint is emerging even here. Europan Norway believes we will need to develop an architecture that does more with less. Europan 11 will be an arena where we can explore this on a broad international level.
The Skien/Porsgrunn sites deal with a common space beyond communal borders and the need for developing sustainable infrastructure in urban sprawl, a reality for much of Norway’s widespread urban landscape.
Haugesund invites contenders to develop a concept that shows how the margins of existing urban centres can contribute to an expanded city centre model. Suffering from reduced activity in the historical down town, the city needs a design for a symbiotic coexistence between history and future, centre and outskirt. For more information, click here.