Straight Up Oslo: Views Within the City by Cameron R. Neilson

Straight Up: © Cameron R Neilson

Photographer Cameron R Neilson, who we introduced in our earlier post about Oslo’s ripening real estate market, has produced some fantastic views from within Oslo.  As part of the Straight Up project, Neilson is challenging both the way in which city-scapes and skylines are photographed and the way that our eyes navigate the urban environment.

Check out the remarkable photographs after the break.

DNB Bank Headquarters / MVRDV

© Jiri Havran

Architects: MVRDV
Location: ,
Area: 36,500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jiri Havran, Jeroen Musch

Oslo: A Haven For Adventurous Design

/ Lund Hagem Architects; Courtesy of Lund Hagem Architects

For architects, has become a safe haven from Europe’s economic turmoil. According to an article by J.S. Marcus for The Wall Street Journal, dozens of new architectural projects currently under construction are not only changing the city’s humble skyline, putting the city on the cutting-edge of architectural design, but are also pulling in a base of buyers that are eager to call the city’s waterfront home (no wonder Norway was voted our #1 country for architects to find work). And nowhere can Oslos’s transformation be better seen than in the new quarter of Operakvarteret, where a 20,000 square-meter, mixed use development project has brought various, innovative architects together to design a new face for Oslo.

More after the break.

Knowledge and Cultural Square Winning Proposal / Mecanoo Architecten + Code Arkitektur + Buro Happold

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Just this Monday, Kongsberg City Council announced that Mecanoo Architecten, together with Code Arkitektur and Buro Happold, won the design competition for a Knowledge and Cultural Square in the center of Kongsberg, a former mining town about 75 kilometers southwest of , Norway. The project comprises of a design for a cultural and teaching building totaling approximately 24,000 m², and includes future expansion of other functions, such as student housing, sports facilities and businesses. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Trondheim Student Housing / MEK Architects

© Mathias Herzog

Architects: MEK Architects + Link-Signatur (associated office)
Location: Trondheim,
Design Team: Clara Murado, Juan Elvira and Enrique Krahe
Detailing: MEK +
Building Site: MEK + Link-Signatur
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mathias Herzog, Miguel De Guzman

Astrup Fearnley Museet / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Astrup Fearnley Museeet © Nic Lehoux

The newly constructed Astrup Fearnley Museet, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Narud-Stokke-Wiig, has opened on a stunning waterfront site in the Tjuvholmen neighborhood of . The €90 million, 7000 square meter structure provides space for the museum’s collection, temporary exhibitions, a gift shop and cafe. Slender steel columns support the sail-form, glass roof that provides shelter to the weathered timber cladding, while illuminating the interior’s extensive collection of contemporary art with a soft, natural light.

The museum has launched with To Be With Art Is All We Ask, an exhibition of selected works from the Astrup Fearnley Collection by some of the world’s most innovative contemporary artists. Continue after the break to learn more.

Plassen Cultural Center / 3XN Architects

© Adam Mork

Architects: 3XN Architects
Location: ,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Adam Mork

The house in the thicket / Kasper Bonna Lundgaard M.Arch

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Architects:
Location: Hvasser,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 244.4 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Kasper Bonna Lundgaard

Ruten Competition Winning Proposal: ‘Lysning’ / Space Group + Superunion Architects

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Designed by Space Group + Superunion Architects, their winning proposal for Ruten competition reflects the city of ’ development and establishes Ruten as a natural center and as a future city with strong roots and a proud local history. The proposal, titled ‘Lysning’, consists of a ring that connects and creates the new transport hub and public space below for an attractive unifying roof. As the Central Park in New York was built before the Manhattan grid was condensed around it, Ruten has remained as a buffer in the urban development in anticipation of something bigger. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Twisted House / JVA

© Nils Petter Dale

Architects: JVA
Location: Kvitfjell,
Design Team: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Claes Cho Heske Ekornaas
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nils Petter Dale

TYIN tegnestue wins 2012 European Prize for Architecture

Cassia Coop Training Centre / TYIN Tegnestue Architects © Pasi Aalto

Andreas G. Gjertsen and Yashar Hanstad, principals of the architecture cooperative TYIN tegnestue Architects in Trondheim, , have been named as this year’s winners of The . The young Norwegian architects were honored for their humanitarian work designing and building with community participation in poor and underdeveloped areas in Africa and Asia.

Annually presented by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, the prize is awarded to influential European architects “who have demonstrated a significant contribution to humanity and to the built environment through the art of architecture”.

Continue reading for more information and a sample of TYIN tegnestue Architects’ work.

Summerhouse / Marianne Borge + Kjetil Saeterdal

© Ivan Brodey

Architects: Marianne Borge + Kjetil Saeterdal
Location: Tjoeme, Norway
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Ivan Brodey

Sogn & Fjordane Art Museum / C.F. Møller Architects

© Oddleiv Apneseth

Architects: C.F. Møller Architects
Location: ,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Marit Bendtz, Oddleiv Apneseth, Stein Sandemose Baardsen, Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects

River Sauna / Jensen & Skodvin Architects

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Architects: Jensen & Skodvin Architects
Location: ,
Project Architects: Jan Olav Jensen (pl), Dagfinn Sagen, Helge Lunder, Torstein Koch, Thomas Knigge, Sigrid Moldestad
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Jensen & Skodvin Architects

Gurisentret Outdoor Stage and Visitor Centre / Askim/Lantto Architects

© Bjarne Ytrøy

Architects: Askim/Lantto Architects
Location: The Edøy Island, Smøla,
Project Leader: Niels Marius Askim
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Kvernberget Print og Reklame AS, Niels Marius Askim, Bjarne Ytrøy

Venice Biennale 2012: Nordic Pavilion

Anttila Oiva Architects © Museum of Finnish Architecture and Ilari Järvinen

In celebration of the Nordic Pavilion’s fiftieth anniversary, thirty-two architects born after the year 1962 have been invited to present a model of a conceptual “house” that reflects their personal philosophy of architecture at the 2012 Venice Biennale exhibition “Light Houses: On the Nordic Common Ground”. Eleven architects from and Sweden, along with ten architects from will each respond to the sobering economic constraints and diminishing environmental resources that challenge architects today.

Contemporary Nordic architectural culture offers both exemplary approaches and significant constructed works addressing these challenging circumstances. The classic hallmarks of Nordic architecture – simplified form, frugal use of materials and sensitive treatment of daylight and the natural setting – embody the basic principles of responsible, sustainable architecture.

Continue after the break to learn more.

Sauna / Formløs Architecture

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Sitting on the brink of a waterfall near farm in central Norway, the sauna, designed by Formløs Architecture, is simple and sculptural. As if cut from one piece of wood, the sauna hovers one foot above the ground and stretches out over the water. The idea for the sauna came from a wish to bring festival guests together in an atmosphere where all social constructions from daily life can be forgotten and the opera singer from the capital sits shoulder to shoulder with the local farmer. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Destination Forus / MAD Architects

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Designed by MAD Architects, Destination is intended to be a clear, robust and effective masterplan to become an exclusive commercial district, both in form and function, which radically differentiates itself from the surrounding building fabric. Increased density and urbanity on one side is juxtaposed against the openness of Park on the other. This sustainable commercial development includes good housing areas, an efficient infrastructure, an abundance of wildlife and agricultural areas, and forests and green fields. They are creating a place that is worthy of a strong identity. More images and architects’ description after the break.