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.

New Church in Norway Proposal / Studio BANG

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Studio BANG shared with us their design proposal for the competition for Ny Kirke, a new church in Norway. Through creating a perceivable tribute to the old wooden church, their concept results in an upward focus that transports light into the holy space. More images and a brief architects’ description after the break.

Skyscape Church / We Architecture

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Burnt down in 2009, the beautiful church from 1805 has been designed as a new church by WE Architecture. Meant to provide symbolic landmark to succeed the old building, the new Vaaler church is placed further east from the placement of the old church, marking the historic axis with its tower. The new building is designed as a simple box where one corner is lifted up in order to point out the church room and the tower. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Reststop Akkarvikodden / Manthey Kula Architects

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Architects: Manthey Kula Architects
Location: Lofoten,
Photographs: Paul Warchol, Steinar Skaar 

   

Into The Landscape / Rintala Eggertsson Architects

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Architect: Rintala Eggertsson ArchitectsVibeke Jenssen, Dagur Eggertsson, Sami Rintala and Kaori Watanabe
Location: Bjørgeøyan, Seljord,
Client: Municipality of Seljord
Project Management: Harriet Slaaen
Curator: Springer kulturstudio, Gunn-Marit Christenson
Landscape Architect: Feste Grenland, Tone Telnes, Jan Feste and Jarle Svendsen
Engineering: Sweco Norge, Nils Petter Due and Geir Sageien
Building Management: Olav Kåsa
Contractor Building: Skorve Per Ivar Magnushommen and Sjur Reutz
Contractor Electricity: Dyrud Elektro Vidar Valhovd og Kevin Rue
Photographs: Dag Jenssen

Arboretum / Rintala Eggertsson Architects

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Architects: Rintala Eggertsson Architects – Vibeke Jenssen, Kaori Watanabe, Sami Rintala and Dagur Eggertsson
Location: Øverbyvegen88-104, 2825 Gjøvik,
Client: Public Construction and Property Management (Statsbygg), Tommy Pedersen
User: Gjøvik Care Centre
User representative: Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufetat), Anne-Beth Brekke, Geir Rune Nyhus and Kai Børresen
Curator: Public Art Norway (KORO), Mette Kvandal and Per Henrik Svalastog
Design Team: Dagur Eggertsson, Julian Fors, Fabricio Ferreira Fernandes, Matthew Donnachie, Sölvi Magnússon, Kaori Watanabe and Vibeke Jenssen
Photographs: Pasi Aalto

Seljord Watch Tower / Rintala Eggertsson Architects

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Architect: Rintala Eggertsson Architects
Location: Bjørgeøyan, ,
Client: Municipality of Seljord
Project Architects: Vibeke Jenssen, Dagur Eggertsson, Sami Rintala and Kaori
Project Management: Harriet Slaaen
Curator: Springer kulturstudio, Gunn-Marit Christenson Watanabe
Landscape Architect: Feste Grenland, Tone Telnes, Jan Feste and Jarle Svendsen
Engineering: Sweco Norge, Nils Petter Due and Geir Sageien
Photographs: Dag Jenssen 

 

Steilneset Memorial / Peter Zumthor and Louise Bourgeois, photographed by Andrew Meredith

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In memory of those persecuted in the seventeenth-century Finnmark Witchcraft Trials, the Steilneset Memorial rests along the jagged coastline of the Barents Sea in Vardø, . Photographer Andrew Meredith has shared with us his photo series documenting this masterpiece created by a unique collaboration between the world-famous Swiss architect Peter Zumthor (Basel, 1943) and the influential contemporary artist Louise Bourgeois (Paris, 1911-2010).

Zumthor simply describes his collaboration with Bourgeois in an interview with ArtInfo as the following, “I had my idea, I sent it to her, she liked it, and she came up with her idea, reacted to my idea, then I offered to abandon my idea and to do only hers, and she said, ‘No, please stay.’ So, the result is really about two things — there is a line, which is mine, and a dot, which is hers… Louise’s installation is more about the burning and the aggression, and my installation is more about the life and the emotions [of the victims].”

Continue reading to view the photographs and learn more about the Steilneset Memorial.

Røldal Pilgrim Center Proposal / LETH & GORI

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LETH & GORI shared with us their proposal for the Pilgrim Centre in which creates a new building in close connection with the 13th century church. Made as an extension to the existing church wall, their design becomes a natural and integral part of the Church complex. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Infrastructural Archeaology / Map 13

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Map 13 shared with us their project, Infrastructural Archeaology. Landfills are areas of great potential which are but a mere evidence of the uncontrolled cosumerism of this extreme society. They understand that waste should be buried and isolated, and not be forgotten and abandoned. It is thus an open project, where the definite plan of its pieces is not the main interest, but rather the definition of its systems and their development in time. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Parkveien 5b-c / KIMA

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Architects: KIMA
Location: , Norway
Project Year: 2011
Client: Infill AS
Project Team: Martin Dietrichson, Kristoffer Moe Bøksle, Haukur Morthens, Inge Hareide, Erlend Seilskjær
Gross Area: 945 sqm
Photographs: Dag Alveng, Ivan Brodey, Finn Ståle Feldberg, Magne Risnes

Vennesla Library and Culture House / Helen & Hard

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For their new library and community center in , Norwegian architects Helen & Hard bring a sophisticated elegance to the public facility in Norway.  The project links an existing community house and learning center, and seeks to become an extension of the main city square with its transparent facade and urban loggia.   The expressive ribs combine structure, technical infrastructure, and functionality into one architectonic element that creates a dynamic aesthetic identity for the project to meet the client’s original intent to mark the city’s cultural center.

More about the project after the break.

Stavanger Museum of Archeology / Lund + Slaatto Architects

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Lund + Slaatto Architects, in collaboration with schmidt hammer lassen architects, were recently awarded second place in the competition for the extension of the Museum of Archeology. Though very vibrant and active, the premises of the museum are currently unsuitable and small. Therefore, the aim of the competition was to create an extension that forms the museum’s new main facade and which primarily provides space for the exhibition and education. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Pilgrimage Center at Røldal Stave Church / Lund + Slaatto Architects

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The Pilgrimage Center at Stave Church, designed by Lund+Slaatto Architects, seeks to reconcile a complex program under the same roof. The building is both a defined end point for the pilgrims and tourists and a gathering place for the locals. The building is present as an object, while remaining deferential to the stave church and the cemetery. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘Sundbyen’ Harbor Front Proposal / JAJA Architects

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JAJA Architects makes it to the top with their project proposal ”Sundbyen” in the competition for a new harbor front in Ålesund, . ”Sundbyen” was a proposal amongst many in the open international competition that attracted proposals from 10 different countries. JAJA based their project in the Ålesund’s existing identity and closeness to water. The project enhances the city’s existing qualitites, interprets it and creates a natural coherence between place, history and future development. More images and project description after the break.