Oslo Architecture Triennale

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The Oslo Architecture Triennale is the Nordic region’s biggest architecture festival. Through exhibitions, conferences, debates, competitions, publications and events in different formats and media, OAT seeks to challenge the field of architecture and urbanism, as well as to engage, inspire and raise awareness among the public and decision-makers. The Triennale tackles issues with local, regional and global relevance.

This year’s main exhibition, Behind the Green Door, opens September 19. For the past year, the Belgian curators Rotor have collected over 600 objects, all carrying claims of sustainability, from over 200 architecture offices, companies and environmental organizations across the world. Together these objects form a collection of curiosities, exhibited at DogA until December 1st, 2013.

The main conference of the Triennale will take place on September 20th, and under the title “The Future of Comfort” will discuss how the importance of sustainability is challenging our idea of confort and how architects enter this debate. Speakers include Carolyn Steel (architect and writer), Alfredo Brillembourg (architect, Urban Think Tank), Minik Rosing (professor of geology), Chris Reed (teacher of landscape urbanism at the GSD), and Dominic Balmforth (Susturb, danish office).

We are going to show you more about the Triennale, the curators and the projects in future articles, including videos and interviews.

More information on the main exhibition, complete program, and locations after the break.

Fish Market in Bergen / Eder Biesel Arkitekter

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Architects: Eder Biesel Arkitekter
Location: Strandkaien 3, , Norway
Design Team: Wilhelm Eder, Maren Bjerga, Pernille Daugaard
Project Leader: Christine Biesel
Area: 4,260 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Norbert Miguletz

Høse Bridge / Rintala Eggertsson Architects

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Architects: Rintala Eggertsson Architects
Location: Suldal,
Design Team: Dagur Eggertsson, Sami Rintala, Ivan Kroupa, Vibeke Jenssen, Kaori Watanabe and Ingrid Londono
Project Management: Inge Hoftun, Kon-Sul AS
Client: Lauritz Lauritzen Inge Vandvik and Alf Waage Suldal Municipality
Photographs: Dag Jenssen

Call for Entries: Re-Design Sites of Norway’s 2011 Terror Attacks

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The traumatizing terror attacks of July 22, 2011 in Norway – including the bombing in and the massacre on Utøya Island – resulted in 158 persons injured and 77 dead. Those behind the re-design of Utøya Island decided (somewhat controversially) that the island should, in order to “reduce the impact of the massacre,” remain a vibrant summer camp rather than become a memorial.

However, in order to have a visible commemoration of the attacks, the Norwegian Government has now established two national public art memorial sites, and is hosting an open call to artists, architects and interdisciplinary collaborative teams around the world to submit their proposals.

Get more details about the competition, after the break…

Quality Hotel Expo / Haptic Architects

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Architects: Haptic Architects
Location: Fornebu,
Design Team: Nikki Butenschøn MNIL, Tomas Stokke MNAL RIBA, Scott Grady RIBA, Timo Haedrich RIBA
Area: 14,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Simon Kennedy, Trine Thorsen

Spikerverket Housing / April Arkitekter

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Architects: April Arkitekter
Location: , Norway
Team Members: Kjersti Hembre, Kathrine Lunøe, Arna Mathiesen, Gunnar Aasen Rogne
Landscape Architect: Asplan Viak
Master Plan:
Developer: Avantor AS
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jiri Havran

Strømbu Rest Area / Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

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Architects: Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk
Location: ,
Design Team: Christine Petersen, Rickard Riesenfeld
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

Jektvik Ferry Quay Area / Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

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Architects: Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk
Location: Jektvik, Rødøy,
Architect In Charge: Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk, Manthey Kula (staff in pre-project phase)
Co Workers: Rickard Riesenfeld, Beate Hølmebakk, Per Thamsen
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

Square House Veierland / Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter AS

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Architects: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter AS
Location: Nøtterøy,
Area: 120 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

Pulp Press / John Gerrard

© | Pulp Press, 2013 | Installation view at Kistefos Museet, Norway (2013) | Photography: Jiru Havran

Artist: John Gerrard
Location: , Norway
Architect In Charge: John Gerrard
Area: 100 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: John Gerrard | Pulp Press, 2013 | Installation view at Kistefos Museet, Norway (2013) | Photography: Jiru Havran

Froeyland Orstad Church / LINK Arkitektur AS

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Architects: LINK Arkitektur AS
Location: Kvernaland,
Architect In Charge:
Area: 2100.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Hundven-Clements Photography

Nedregate Culture District / Space Group

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Architects: Space Group
Location: , Norway
Design Team: Adam Kurdahl, Gro Bonesmo, Gary Bates, Jose Hernandez, Eric Gerlach, Wenche Andreasen, Jens Noach, Anne Wordstrup, Frederik Kjelman, Tim Prins, Grant Cooper
Client : Signal Mediahus ANS
Consultants: Norconsult, Rambøll Norge, Energima, Ingenius Oslo, Franco Bløchlinger / Metallplan AS, 3D akustikk, Oslo El Prosjektering, F-Holm, Bleed, Sundt & Thomassen
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ivan Brodey, Vegard Kleven,

New Tryvann Tower Proposal / MAD Arkitekter

With a unique, prominent position in the urban landscape of , the Tryvann Tower is an existing TV transmission tower high up on the forested hills surrounding the city. Launching the idea of developing a new Tryvann Tower, MAD Arkitekter envisioned a tower with an elegant and bold design, placed in the same position as today’s tower. The new Tryvann Tower would be both higher and more spacious, giving increased room for a public program. More images and architects’ description after the break.

UIO Tullinkvartalet – New University Building for the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo Proposal / MAD Arkitekter


MAD Arkitekter, in collaboration with developer Entra, have developed a project for the relocation of the University of ’s Faculty of Law. The project site and the historical university buildings are on opposite sides of the urban square, Tullinløkka, and a historical building on the site will also be preserved. The new university buildings for UIO are given a compact form, with frontage towards Tullinløkka as well as an iconic expression which takes a position in the cityscape. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘Harvest’ Nordic Built Challenge Finalist Proposal / AHA+ and SAAHA

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Developed by architects AHA+ and Solbjor Arkitekter, their ‘Harvest’ proposal was announced as one of the four finalists in the international competition Nordic Built Challenge for an extension of Postgirobygget, an existing high-rise building in . Going beyond BG14 and the refurbishment of Posthuset, their concept aims at becoming a new and innovative way to meet the challenges of tomorrow while ensuring financial and practical viability. More images and architects’ description after the break.

VÅGEN high school and SANDNES Culture Academy / LINK Arkitektur AS

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Architects: LINK Arkitektur AS
Location: Holbergs gate 23, 4306 , Norway
Client: Rogaland Fylkeskommune
Area: 22500.0 sqm
Year: 2005
Photographs: Hundven-Clements Photography

‘PostZERO’ Nordic Built Challenge Finalist Proposal / Space Group

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Recently named as one of the finalists in the Nordic Built Challenge, Space Group, in collaboration with BollingerGrohmann + Florian Kosche AS and AJL Engineers, shared with us their ‘PostZERO’ concept. An extension of an existing high-rise building in , the project aims to identify good ideas for how buildings can be transformed in a sustainable, innovative and cost-effective manner. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Eggum Tourist Route / Snohetta

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Architects: Snohetta
Location: ,
Project Team: Frank Nodland, Harriet T. Rikheim, Lars J. Nordbye, Maria Svaland
Area: 59 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Jarle Wæhler, Steinar Skaar, Snohetta