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Exhibition: Architecture in Comic-Strip Form

Colourful fantasy worlds full of speech bubbles and motion lines. Buildings with human characteristics, and invisible architecture. Since the early years of the 20th century, architects have shown an enduring interest in the comic strip as a means to explore their field of activity. What is it about comics that architects find so liberating and interesting?

“Architecture in Comic-Strip Form”, the new autumn exhibition at the National Museum – Architecture in Oslo, examines the relationship between the medium of the comic strip and architecture to reveal an aspect of the architectural discipline that few people are aware of. Many architects use the comic strip as a form of expression – as a kind of counterpart or supplement to digital drawing.

2016 Oslo Triennale Launches International Calls for Intervention Strategies and Associated Projects

The 2016 Oslo Triennale – After Belonging: A Triennale In Residence, On Residence and the Ways We Stay in Transit – has launched a call for intervention strategies and associated projects. To be held from September 8- November 27, 2016, the Triennale will look at contemporary population mobility—including an interest in migration, new forms of tourism and refugeesim— with the intention of designing “the objects, spaces and territories for a transforming condition of belonging.” Specifically, it seeks to answer the questions: “How can different agents involved in the built environment address the ways we stay in transit?” And, “how can architects intervene in the reconfiguration of the contemporary residence?"

Ode to Osaka / Manthey Kula

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Open Call: 120 HOURS to Reveal Design Challenge on June 15

120 HOURS has teamed up with FutureBuilt to host a 5 day-long competition regarding climate-friendly urban development in the Oslo region. Open to all creatives, the competition's challenge will be revealed on Monday, June 15th 2015, at 09.00 (GMT+1). From that moment, entrants will have 120 hours to design and submit their proposal. Third, second and first prize in the contest are respectively 12.500, 25.000 and 50.000 Norwegian Kroner. Read more about the competition and register here

House Linnebo / Schjelderup Trondahl arkitekter

© Jonas Adolfsen © Jonas Adolfsen © Jonas Adolfsen © Jonas Adolfsen

MM1 - Exhibition Room For Contemporary Art / Rintala Eggertsson Architects

© Are Carlsen © Are Carlsen © Are Carlsen © Are Carlsen

6 Proposals Revealed for Oslo's New Government Quarter

Nearly 100 architects, designers, and consultants have been developing designs for a competition for the new government quarter in Oslo. Drawing an initial 24 entries, the intent of the competition was to generate viable solutions for the future relocation of all government ministries (excluding the defense ministry), emphasizing an urban atmosphere and public elements. In the six shortlisted proposals from both local and international firms, including BIG, Snøhetta, and MVRDV, the themes of building tall and introducing green space emerged.

Now a ten-member committee of industry professionals will assist Statsbygg, the public construction advisers collaborating on the government's behalf, with the evaluation of each design. Take a look at the six proposals after the break.

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Grorudparken / LINK arkitektur

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Wins Competition to Design Mixed-Use Complex in Central Oslo

schmidt hammer lassen architects have won a competition to design a new retail and office complex in central Oslo. The winning scheme, chosen ahead of five other proposals, was chosen for “its strong and innovative” design that “enhances the existing urban qualities” and forms a “new connection between the building and city life.”

© Beauty and The Bit / schmidt hammer lassen architects © Beauty and The Bit / schmidt hammer lassen architects © Beauty and The Bit / schmidt hammer lassen architects © Beauty and The Bit / schmidt hammer lassen architects


  • Architects: NSW AS
  • Location: Oslo, Norway
  • Design Team: Gudmund Stenseth, Tore Schjetlein, Tiffany Otis, Luis Santos
  • Project Manager: Gudmund Stenseth
  • Area: 248.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Einar Aslaksen

© Einar Aslaksen © Einar Aslaksen © Einar Aslaksen © Einar Aslaksen

Snøhetta's Illustrated Travel Guide for Oslo

Sleek, contemporary, and unapologetically eclectic, the work of Norwegian firm Snøhetta is as diverse as it is synonymous with modern Scandinavian design. Spanning everything from architecture and master planning to installation art and product and packaging design, Snøhetta's projects are characterized by the marriage of efficiency, quirky charm, and an eye for beauty. Offering a broad selection of suggestions for visitors to Oslo, Snøhetta's guide to the nation's capital is no different. Reflecting the favorite attractions of architects, artists, and brand designers from within the firm, the guide includes a windowless barjazz-punk band, and the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, even encompassing the work of Oslo-based design contemporary, Element Arkitekter, in Lærernes hus. Read the rest of the seven travel selections here.

BIG, MVRDV and Snøhetta Among 6 Shortlisted for Oslo Goverment Quarter

Statsbygg has shortlisted six teams to develop proposals for a new government quarter in Oslo. Selected from 24 submissions, the chosen teams will now have until March 2015 to prepare their ideas. The unconventional competition, which requires the inclusion of students from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, will not culminate with a single winner. Rather, ideas from all the shortlisted proposals will be extracted and used in an eventual masterplan. 

The six shortlisted teams are…

Curatorial Team Announced For The 2016 Oslo Triennale

OAT 2016 Winning Proposal. Image © After Belonging Agency
OAT 2016 Winning Proposal. Image © After Belonging Agency

The After Belonging Agency (ABA) have been announced as the curatorial team for the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale for their proposal In-Residence, On Residence, and the Ways We Stay In-Transit.

Established in 2000, the 2016 Triennale will be the sixth of its kind. Following an open call for curators in September of this year, the Triennale invited four teams to interview: Rotterdam based Crimson Architectural Historians, London based Justin McGuirk, Canadian curator Dan Handel, and a team of five Spanish architects hailing from New York known as the After Belonging Agency. Lluis Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio González Galán, Carlos Minguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, and Marina Otero Verzier's proposal was chosen unanimously by a jury which included Hege Maria ErikssonNina Berre, and Gro Bonesmo (among others).

Professionals Roar in Norway: Unique Architecture Under Threat from Government

Architecture institutions and architects are outraged by the Norwegian Government plans to demolish a unique part of Norwegian and international architectural history. Called the Y-block for its Y-shaped plan, the building in the Government Quarter in the centre of the Norwegian capital of Oslo was designed by the Norwegian architect and pioneer inventor Erling Viksjø in the 1950s together with the “H-block” or Highrise (1959) and was completed in 1969. The building is internationally well known for the extraordinary craftsmanship of its sandblasted concrete and the famous Pablo Picasso murals, “The Fishermen” and “The Seagull”.

The Y-block in Oslo, exterior. Foundation and facade. Image © Einar Bjarki Malmquist The skylight in the stairway. Daylight falling as a wall-washer along the colorful riverbed stones revealed on the surface of the wall. Image © Trond Isaksen / Statsbygg From the Y-block. "The Seagull" a mural by Pablo Picasso. Image © Trond Isaksen / Statsbygg The Y-block in Oslo. Detail of exterior with Picasso's "The Fishermen", sandblast by sculptor Carl Nesjar. Image © Einar Bjarki Malmquist

Six 'Cathedrals of Culture' Tell Their Stories in New 3D Film

If buildings could talk, what would they say about us? Cathedrals of Culture, a six part collection of films recently premiered at this year's Berlin International Film Festival, "offers six startling responses to this question". The project, filmed entirely in 3D, allows "six iconic and very different buildings to speak for themselves, examining human life from the unblinking perspective of a manmade structure". 

Creativity within Clear Frames / White arkitekter

  • Architects: White arkitekter
  • Location: Oslo, Norway
  • Design Team: Thomas Landenberg, Karin Jakobsson, Karin Sjödin, Jeroen Matthijssen, Lars Zackrisson, Christian Wahlström, Lena Osvalds, Mikaela Åström Forsgren, Daniel Hultman
  • Area: 7200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Ivan Brodey

© Ivan Brodey © Ivan Brodey © Ivan Brodey © Ivan Brodey

Gregers Grams Houses / R21 Arkitekter

  • Architects: R21 Arkitekter
  • Location: Oslo, Norway
  • Architect in Charge: Martin Smedsrud
  • Area: 1700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Henrik Beck Kæmpe

© Henrik Beck Kæmpe © Henrik Beck Kæmpe © Henrik Beck Kæmpe © Henrik Beck Kæmpe