Cathedral of the Northern Lights / SHL Architects + LINK arkitektur

© Adam Mørk

Architects: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects + LINK arkitektur
Location: Alta,
Engineer: Rambøll AS, Alta
Main Contractor: Ulf Kivijervi AS
Client: The Municipality of Alta
Area: 1,917 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adam Mørk

Norwegian University of Science and Technology Spring Guest Lecture Series

Courtesy of NTNU, Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), recently launched their Spring 2013 Guest Lecture Series in architecture, titled “DigitalAnalog”, which is free and open to the public. Most lectures take place at 6:00 pm in Dokkhuset, Dokkparken 4, , Norway unless otherwise noted with the first lecture taking place this coming Thursday, February 14th. The series will focus on the differences and commonalities between analogue and digital workflows. Keynote speakers include Michael Hansmeyer, Anette Spiro and Lund &Skare. For more information, please visit here.

INABA Completes Skylight

© Ivan Brodey

INABA has completed Skylight, a permanent installation for KORO Public Art . The 6.6 m (22 ft) diameter, 11.5 m (38 ft) long structure hangs from the foyer of the New Concert Hall in , . It is visible from the adjacent public plaza, and surrounding neighborhood and harbor, serving as a light beacon for the complex.

Responding to the region’s extreme atmospheric conditions, Skylight emits a range of pure color light patterns that contrast and complement the blended luminous tones of the dawn and twilight Nordic sky. Conceived of as an inverted chandelier, Skylight’s light fixtures are mounted to face inward and illuminate the structure’s interior surface. Its programmable LED system is animated to change in brightness and hue, and produce distinct patterns during arrival, theater calls, intermission, departure, and after hours.

Video, images and more information on Skylight after the break.

Trond Clubhouse / Bjørke Arkitektur + Steffen Wellinger

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Architects: Bjørke Arkitektur + Steffen Wellinger
Location: ,
Project Architects: Runa Bjørke, Steffen Wellinger
Client: IL Trond , Rosenborgbanen AS
Area: 300 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Pasi Aalto

Scandic Hotel Fornebu / NSW AS

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Architects: NSW AS
Location: Fornebu,
Design Team: Tore Schjetlein (Responsible Partner), Gudmund Stenseth (Project Architect), Tiffany Otis, Emelie Tornberg, Luis Santos, Chiara M. Zorzi, Geir Klefstad, Taylor Ferring
Area: 25,000 sqm
Photographs: Einar Aslaksen

Skatt Øst / NSW AS

© Einar Aslaksen

Architects: NSW AS
Location: Oslo,
Design Team: Tore Schjetlein, Gudmund Stenseth, Morten Hosen, Mirjana Grahovac, Luis Santos, Tormod Slevikmoen, Tomas Løvset, Geir Klefstad
Area: 25,000 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Einar Aslaksen, Espen Grønli, Courtesy of NSW

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

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

Oslo: A Haven For Adventurous Design

Barcode Project / 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 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 Oslo, 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

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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

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

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

Courtesy of Kasper Bonna Lundgaard

Architects:
Location: , Norway
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

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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 / Architects © Pasi Aalto

Andreas G. Gjertsen and Yashar Hanstad, principals of the architecture cooperative TYIN tegnestue Architects in Trondheim, Norway, 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

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