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 and the famous murals, “The Fishermen” and “The Seagull”.

Woody15 / Marianne Borge

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Architects: Marianne Borge
Location: Isdammen, Norway
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 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.

A New Festival that Celebrates the Architecture of the Arctic Circle

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Last weekend saw the opening of a new cultural festival on Sandhornøy, a small Norwegian island within the . Centered around three traditionally-inspired structures by Rintala Eggertsson ArchitectsSALT is a celebration of the history and culture of Arctic communities – and while the structures of the Norwegian festival will remain in place for a full year, the festival itself plans to tour the northern regions of the globe, with new locally specific installations at each locale. Find out more about the festival in after the break, in this post originally published on Metropolis Magazine.

Design Revealed for Norway’s New National Arts Museum


The planning phase for the new National Arts Museum in Norway is coming to a close and the images of the winning design by architects Kleihues + Schuwerk Gesellschaft von Architekten have been released. With its modernization and expansion, the museum aims to enhance the fields of art and design in and serve as a cultural hub for locals and tourists alike. Learn more about the project and see the proposed design after the break.

SALT Festival Installations / Rintala Eggertsson Architects

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Architects: Rintala Eggertsson Architects
Location: Fylkesveg 478 430, 8130 Sandhornøy,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Gunnar Holmstad, Marte Antonsen

Rabot Tourist Cabin / JVA

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Architects: JVA
Location: Okstindan, , Norway
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Svein Arne Brygfjeld, Jan Inge Larsen, Einar Aslaksen

Designing Invisible Architecture: Bird Hides by Biotope

Steilnes Bird Hide. Image Courtesy of

Biotope, a three-strong Norwegian practice based in the Arctic town of Varanger, have designed bird hides 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: ,
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 ruins. 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 at the National Museum of Architecture in Oslo. Venice: Fehn’s 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), Stjordal, Norway
Area: 62 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Pasi Aalto