Survival Architecture Workshop

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Led by envir­on­mental archi­tect and anarch­ist, Marco Casagrande, representing the Aalto University Environmental Art Masters Program, stu­dents were to join in the cre­ation of a nomadic city on the ice, both weath­er­ing and embra­cing the cold and wind, and altern­at­ing bliz­zards and slush over the course of ten days. There were twenty of them in total. In addi­tion to Marco him­self, his wife, Taiwanese journ­al­ist Nikita Wu, his long time friend Norwegian archi­tect Hans-​Petter Bjørnådal, Czech MA stu­dent and carpenter-​extraordinaire Jan Tyrpekl, made up the organ­iz­a­tional team. The Lapland nat­ive believes in an almost cruel method to his medium, where human inten­tions come nat­ur­ally second to nature’s. It is with this in mind that one needs to approach his work­shop on the frozen lake of Rössvatnet in sub­arc­tic . More of the team’s description, by Guoda Bardauskaitė and Suzanne van Niekerk, on the workshop after the break.

Forest Stair in Stokke / Saunders Architecture

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Architects: Saunders Architecture
Location: Stokke,
Project Team: Todd Saunders, Attila Béres, Ken Beheim-Schwarzbach
Client: Stokke Municipality and Sti For Øye Sculptural Park
Built area: 30 sqm (11 m length, 1.2 to 3.5 m width, 4.5 m height)
Completion: January 2012
Photographs: Bent René Synnevåg

‘Noun.1 Unavailability’ / Gartnerfuglen Arkitekter

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Designed by Gartnerfuglen Arkitekter, the small shelter for ice fishing, titled ‘Noun.1 Unavailability’, is built with and by nature. The timber frame is foldable for easy relocation and storage, and is effortlessly put up anywhere by one (or two small) persons in 30 seconds. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Arch Cultural Center / 3XN

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Architect: 3XN
Location: , Norway
Client: Halse Property, Norway
Cost: 33,000,000 euros approx.
Size: 4,500 sqm approx.
Completion: December 2011
Photographs: Adam Mõrk

Tonstad School And Publich Bath / Filter Arkitekter

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Architects: Filter Arkitekter
Location: Tonstad,Sirdal,
Collaborator: Richard Engelbrektsonmnal
Landscape architect: Bar Bakke as
Artist: Christian Sunde
Floor area: 6,690 sqm
Completion: 2011
Client: SirdalKommune
Contractor: Br. Reme as
Photographs: Nils Petter Dale

  

Villa Korsmo / Huus og Heim Arkitektur

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Villa Korsmo is a single family house designed for a couple at Nesodden just outside . It’s situated on a beautiful plot, characterized by natural vegetaion, pine trees and rugged terrain. The main idea for the project was to make a house that could connect the two sides of the plot, which is divided by a natural height in the terrain. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Power Stations Bjornstokk and Ovre Forsland / Stein Hamre Arkitektkontor As

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Stein Hamre Arkitektkontor As shared with us their design for new hydraulic power stations in northern . The main idea is that the power stations should adapt to the site. More images and architect description after the break.

Northface House / Element Arkitekter AS

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Architects: Element Arkitekter AS
Location: , Norway
Design Team: Cathrine Vigander, Vidar Kutsen, Hallvard Huse, Alexander Wærste
Consultants: Boye og Waage & Co AS, Jan Petter Dybdahl AS and Moelven Massivtre AS
Gross area: 277 sqm.
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Element Arkitekter AS

 

The Teachers House / Element Arkitekter AS

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Architects: Element Arkitekter AS
Location: Osterhaus gate 4, , Norway
Client: Union of Education Norway
Structural Engineer: Dr. Tech Kristoffer Apeland AS
Energy Consultant: Siv. Ing. JP Dybdahl AS
Artists: Jorunn Sannes (main façade), May Bente Aronsen (acoustic artpiece in lobby)
Total Area: 1,794 sqm
Photographs: Element Arkitekter AS

   

Kilden / ALA Architects

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Architects: ALA Architects
Location: Kristiansand, Norway
Completion: July 2011
Competition Team: ltd, Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta, Samuli Woolston
Project Team: ALA Architects ltd / Helsinki, Kristians
In Collaboration With: SMS Arkitekter AS / Kristiansand
Client: Teater- og Konserthus for Sørlandet IKS
Photographs: Iwan Baan

New Våler Church Proposal / We Are You

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The proposal for the new church in by We Are You plays an important role in the landscape marking a new chapter in the history of Våler and presenting itself as a public meeting place for the people. This is demonstrated through its archetypal form and somewhat enigmatic exterior which create these expectations. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Naval Training Facilities / Longva Arkitekter

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Architect: Longva Arkitekter
Location: Bergen,
Project: Naval Training Facilities
Client: Norwegian Defence Estates Agency
Date of Completion: 2011
Area: 9,050 sqm
Cost: 40 Mill Euro
Photographer: Ivan Brodey

New Valer Church Proposal / Krill Architecture

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In the competition for the church of , Krill Architecture focused on a concept of an open ring in the woods. Tapping on a source of collective creativity in modern architecture, their design offers the chance to bring the development of church architecture to a new level. A building combining monumentality to accessibility, openness to spirituality, is awesome, while being friendly. In short: a church fitting in this time. More images and architects’ description after the break.

New Church of Våler Proposal / Francesco Fiotti

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Placed in the southern part of the project area in continuity with the ancient church, the proposal for the New Church of by Francesco Fiotti architects attempts to recover not only the orientation of it, but also the memory. Their design makes reference to the boat as a symbol of Christianity that welcomes and protects within it the faithful; the Drakkar as tribute at the exploratory tradition of the Norwegian people. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Spire / Visiondivision

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Last week, we shared a great series of modular summer residences by Visiondivision that ranged from a small cabin to a massive castle. In the meantime, the firm has also been working on a competition proposal to replace a church in , a small Norwegian town, after a devastating fire. For a firm that typically takes a standard design approach and then reinvents it or inverts it to form a completely new paradigm, we were impressed by their ability to bring a simplistic elegance to this religious structure.

More about the church after the break.

New Våler Church Proposal / Martina Engblom & Ragnar Eythorsson

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As an attempt to translate the history and dignity this space possesses, the design proposal for the New Church by Martina Engblom & Ragnar Eythorsson presents visitors with an upraised monolithic structure, calling attention to what lies underneath to create a space for reflection. In calling attention to its existance, or lack there of, the substructural remains of the old church becomes the presumption for the new church. More images and architects’ description after the break.

New Church in Våler Proposal / Studio DMTW

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Compared to the design of a secular building, where the focus primarily lies on the programmatically and functional aspects, Studio DMTW believes a church has additive characteristics which need to be considered. Their design combines both the history of the place and all requirements that are imposed on a contemporary church with a high symbolic value and aesthetics and is thus entitled to the new living center for the community. More images and architects’ description after the break.

New Church of Vaaler Proposal / CEBRA

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The design proposal by CEBRA for the New Church of is based on the most widespread symbol for the Christian church: the cross. Located in the south eastern part of , it is a strong visual symbol, which beautifully combines the horizontal with the vertical in its simplicity – and in its meaning the worldly with the heavenly. In the same way, the cross also represents the church’s fundamental function. More images and architects’ description after the break.