In Progress: Statoil / a-lab

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Architect: a-lab
Location: , Norway
Client: IT-Fornebu Eiendom
Landscape Design: Østengen & Bergo
Structural Engineer: Norconsult
M&E Services: Electro : Føyn Consult / Ventilation : Norconsult
Build Cost: 1,500 mill NOK
Project Area: 117,000 sqm
Photographs: Jiri Havran, Luis Fonseca

Gulating Museum Proposal / LETH & GORI

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The Gulating Museum proposal by LETH & GORI is a design for a new museum building for the historic Viking thingstead Gulating in . The museum building is situated in the middle of the grandiose mountainous landscape as a natural portal for visiting the historic site. The circular building provides an overview of the area and information about the rich history and culture of Gulating. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Mortensrud church / JSA

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Architects: Jensen & Skodvin Arkitektkontor
Location: Mortensrud, Oslo
Design Period: 1998 – 1999
Construction period: 2000-2002
Building Leader: Øivind Moen AS, Dag Solvang, Haavard Slaatten
Client: Kirkelig Fellesråd i Oslo, Terje Oterholt
Project Architects: Jensen & Skodvin, JanOlav Jensen (project leader), Børre Skodvin, AnneLise Bjerkan, Torunn Golberg, Torstein Koch, Siri Moseng, Einar Bjarki Malmquist
Artists: Gunnar Torvund (main altar piece & blue sculpture in chapel), Knut Wold (marble piece in chapel)
Interior Architect Furniture: Terje Hope
Structural Engineer: ICG ASA / Einar Johansen, Ola Bjørn Petteresen, Gunnar Fuglerudsveen
Ventilation & Sanitary: Andersen & Johnsen AS, Bjørn Andersen
Budget: 5.500.000 EURO (US $8.42 millions)
Constructed Area: 2.200 sqm
Photographs: Jan Olav Jensen, Per Berntsen

Summer Retreat / RRA

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Architect: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter (RRA)
Location: Fuglevik,
Project Area: 130 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

Trollwall Restaurant and Service / RRA

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Architect: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter (RRA)
Location: Trollveggen, , Norway
Project Area: 700 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

 

Fyrstikkalleén School / GASA Architects

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Architects: GASA Architects
Location: , Norway
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 14,500 sqm
Photographs: Jiri Havran

New Library and renovation of City Hall in Søgne / A-Lab

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The construction of the new library and renovation of City Hall in , is starting this September, Architects A-Lab is behind the new project. For images of the future library and renovated city hall, just follow us after the break.

Breiavannet Park / Helen & Hard

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Architects: Helen & Hard
Location: , Norway
Client: Breiavannet Eiendom AS
Project Area: 880 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Helen & Hard

Halden Prison / Erik Møller Arkitekter + HLM arkitektur – The Most Humane Prison in the World

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Although often criticized for being especially liberal in its approach to crime and punishment,  focuses intensely on ensuring that ”doing time” is done in a dignified way, and inmates’ sentence should be a dress rehearsal for living a life without crime once they have completed their sentence.   The Halden Prison in Halden, by HLM arkitektur in collaboration with Erik Møller Arkitekter is considered to be the world’s most humae prison and it will be the new home for Anders Breivik, the Norwegian right-wing extremist responsible for the deaths of 76 people last week.

More after the break.

Flekkefjord Cultural Center / Helen & Hard

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On the waterfront of Flekkefjord, a town on ’s south coast, Helen & Hard incorporates a theater hall, cinema, library, gallery, youth club and cultural school for their design of the Flekkefjord Cultural Center. Designed for their client, Flekkefjord Kommune, it has recently been approved for construction. More images and architects’ description after the break.

3 Houses in Paradis / Helen & Hard

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Architects: Helen & Hard
Location: Stavanger,
Project Year: 2010
Client: Jan Fjermestad AS/Jadarhus AS
Photographs: Courtesy of Helen & Hard

Pulpit Rock Mountain Lodge / Helen & Hard

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Architects: Helen & Hard
Location: Strand, Norway
Client: Stavanger Trekking Association
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 1,260 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Helen & Hard

The new Pulpit Rock mountain lodge, the winning design competition entry in 2004, accommodates twenty-eight guest rooms, a café, a restaurant and a conference room. The lodge is situated at the trail-head leading up to The Pulpit Rock, the sheer cliff cantilevering over the Lysefjord.

New Mining Museum / HULTMANMAGNUSSON

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Young Swedish architects, HULTMANMAGNUSSON, won the competition to design a new mining museum in Jøssingfjord, Norway, a city famous for its long history of mining and excavation of Titanium powder, used for white color pigment. Located in the valley of the beautiful fjord, the 2000 m2 museum will exhibit the history, geology and technology of the area, together with temporary exhibitions. Their proposal was called Varde, meaning a manmade pile of stones common in this area of Norway. By using natures own material and arranging it a new shape, an important place is marked in the landscape.More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: Knut Hamsun Center / Steven Holl

We recently found this video on Architecture Record’s website that features Steven Holl talking about his design for the Knut Hamsun Center. This design has been honored with many prestigious awards including the North Norwegian Architecture Prize and the 2011 Byggeskikkprisen.

Danish/Norwegian team wins competition for Asker Sentrum

Activity plaza in Asker Centre’s new loop

Asker Municipality in Norway continues its urban development towards a larger, more dynamic city centre. DARK, ADEPT and a consultant team have just won the international competition for city development and expansion of Asker Centre. Their project proposal “In the Loop” presents a unified, urban city for sports and social experiences. More images and complete press release after the break.

Mesterfjellet School / Cebra, Various Architects, and Østengen & Bergo

aerial view : © / Various Architects / Østengen & Bergo

Young, promising architects Cebra (more projects here), Various Architects (more projects here), and Østengen & Bergo (more projects here) shared with us their competition proposal where they won the first prize. Their “relativity” concept for the Mesterfjellet School creates a unique experience for Larvik, Norway, designed around the user’s room program, site conditions and functional specifications to cultivate a positive learning environment. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Solberg Tower & Rest Area / Saunders Architecture

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Sarpsborg is a green, flat and calm piece of South and a traditional stopover for travellers on the route to and from Sweden. In 2004, the Norwegian Highway Department together with the Regional Government approached Saunders for a new project in the area; uniquely however, without having predetermined the commission’s particular needs.

Architects: Saunders Architecture
Location: Sarpsborg, Østfold, Norway
Project Area: 2,000 sqm
Project Year: September 2010
Photographs: Bent Rene Synnevaag

St. Hans “Haugen” Performance Center / ctrl+n

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The “Haugen” project is a proposal by Control New Arkitektur (ctrl+n) in order to start a discussion on how to make better use of the public spaces in Oslo, all year round. So they are here to pose two questions. Firstly, how can we maintain such use throughout the rest of the year? Secondly, how can we offer some much needed rehearsal and performance space back to the city? This proposal will engage and evoke through taking us back to our parks all year round. More images and architects’ description after the break.