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

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Architects: Kasper Bonna Lundgaard M.Arch
Location: ,
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 Sandnes’ development and establishes Ruten as a natural center and Sandnes 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: ,
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, , have been named as this year’s winners of The European Prize for Architecture. 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,
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Ivan Brodey

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

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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: Gudbrandsjuvet,
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

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Architects: Askim/Lantto Architects
Location: The Edøy Island, ,
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

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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 Finland and , 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.

Selvika / Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

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Architects: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
Location: Havøysund,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 10.0 sqm
Photographs: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

Bøler Church / Hansen-Bjørndal Arkitekter AS

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Architects: Hansen-Bjørndal Arkitekter AS
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Jostein Bjørndal, Ellen Soma, Helge Hansen, Erik Andreassen
Design Team: Anders Langhelle, Liv Schulze
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nils Petter Dale, Laila Meyrick

Official Opening for Trollstigen National Tourist Route / RRA

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Tomorrow, June 16th, marks the official opening of Reiulf Ramstad Architects‘ National Tourist Route project.  Back in 2004, the Norwegian firm placed first in an invited competition to design a viewing platform extending from the Trollstigen mountain plateau and an information center.  After eight years spent designing and constructing the vision, an official opening will be hosted by ’s Transport and Communications Minister Magnhild Meltveit on the plateau.  The national celebration also marks the 75th anniversary of the famous Trollstigvegen (the mountain was renamed as a marketing strategy years ago when tourism activity levels were rising).  RRA’s Trollstigen project is just one stop along miles of the Norwegian natural landscape that will promote tourism by bringing people in closer contact with the country’s beautiful backdrop.  The route, which runs between Geiranger and Trollstigen, provides rare driving experiences as people pass high mountains and deep fjords, with narrow ledges and small shorelines.   By developing this stretch, more will be able to enjoy such an experience.

Please view our previous coverage for more on the project which was voted ArchDaily’s Building of the Year for public facilities in 2009.

Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority HQ / Space Group

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Architects: Space Group
Location: , Norway
Competition Team: 
Gary Bates, Gro Bonesmo, Adam Kurdahl, Fredrik Kjellman, Naofumi Namba, Tim Prins 
Project Development Team: Gary Bates, Gro Bonesmo, Adam Kurdahl, Anne Wodstrup, Naofumi Namba, Wenche Andreassen, Claudia Laarmann, Geir Vågen, Gesine Gummi, Jens Niehues
Client: Breeze Luft AS/ Luftfartstilsynet  
Site: Waterfront property, Bodø city center 
Area: 6,000 sqm
Completion: 2011
Design: 
Photographs: Jeroen Musch

   

Gullesfjord Weight Control Station / JVA

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Architects: JVA – Vigsnaes AS Architects MNAL
Location: , Troms,
Design Team: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Stian Schjelderup, Kazuhiko Yamada
Client: Statens Vegvesen, region Nord v/Frits Karlsen
Size: 308 sqm
Completion: 2011
Consultants: AS Frederiksen, Union Consult BORO VVS og Miljø AS, Malnes og Endresen AS.
Photographs: Håkon Aurlien, Nils Petter Dale, Stian Schelderup

  

Haraldsplass Hospital / C. F. Møller Architects

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The winning proposal by C. F. Møller Architects for a new 10,000 m2 ward building for Haraldsplass Hospital in , Norway has been described by the jury as, “a whole new kind of hospital”. Gone are the traditional hospital corridors, to be replaced by open common areas and efficient logistics. The new building will lie at the foot of the Ulriken mountain, with the river Møllendalselven in front. More images and architects’ description after the break.