Creativity within Clear Frames / White arkitekter

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Architects: White arkitekter
Location: , 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
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ivan Brodey

Gregers Grams Houses / R21 Arkitekter

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

Vino Veritas Oslo / Masquespacio

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Interior Designers: Masquespacio
Location: Strømsveien 1, 0657 Oslo,
Area: 198.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Carlos Huecas , David Rodríguez

Snøhetta Designs New Banknotes for Norway

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Snøhetta’s pixilated concept for the Norwegian banknote has been selected by the Central Bank of to serve as the “foundation” for the backside of the new kroner notes. This news, announced yesterday in Oslo, also confirmed that the notes’ front will be based off The Metric System’s more “traditional” design featuring a images of sailing vessels.

Both Snøhetta and The Metric System were among seven designers invited to submit ideas under the nautical theme “The Sea,” in which Snøhetta chose to commemorate Norway’s coastal landmarks with a “visual language” of brightly colored, cubical patterns.

More on Snøhetta’s winning concept, after the break.

Design Revealed for Norway’s New National Arts Museum

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The planning phase for the new National Arts Museum in Norway is coming to a close and the images of the winning design by architects Kleihues + Schuwerk Gesellschaft von Architekten have been released. With its modernization and expansion, the museum aims to enhance the fields of art and design in and serve as a cultural hub for locals and tourists alike. Learn more about the project and see the proposed design after the break.

Sverre Fehn’s Drawings for Venice’s Nordic Pavilion To Be Exhibited in Oslo

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Norwegian architect and Pritzker Laureate Sverre Fehn’s original drawings for the Nordic Pavilion in Venice are to be presented alongside Ferruzzi’s monochromatic photographs of the building in an exhibition at the National Museum of Architecture in Oslo. Venice: Fehn’s Nordic  documents the incredible task undertaken by Fehn who, at the age of thirty-four, won the competition to design the pavilion and subsequently won international acclaim when the building was completed in 1962.

BoxHome / Sami Rintala

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Architects: Sami Rintala
Location: ,
Work Group: Sami Rintala, Dagur Eggertson, John Roger Holte, Julian Fors
Area: 19.0 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Sami Rintala, Ivan Brodey

Twins’ House / JVA

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Architects: JVA
Location: Oslo,
Primary Architects: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Nikolaj Zamecznik, Lars Hamran, Tuva Salomonsen Hansen
Area: 370 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jonas Adolfsen

House Sømme / Knut Hjeltnes

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Architects: Knut Hjeltnes
Location: Astrids vei, ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Knut Hjeltnes

House Engan / Knut Hjeltnes

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Architects: Knut Hjeltnes
Location: Oslo,
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Knut Hjeltnes

Shortlist Announced for Oslo’s July 22 Memorial Sites

The island of Utøya.

Eight candidates have been selected for the second phase of the international to design two national public art memorial sites to commemorate the 2011 terror attacks in and on the island of Utøya. Selected from over 300 artists and architects from 46 different countries,  the Art Selection Committee have shortlisted the following candidates:

Exhibition: Far-out Voices

“Desert Cloud”, 1972, Courtesy Graham Stevens. Photo © Archive photographique FRAC Centre, Orléans

Far-out Voices presents a selective insight into the pioneering, counter-cultural origins of what we today call green design. Organized around a series of oral histories (filmed interviews) collected by Caroline Maniaque-Benton in 2002, the exhibition offers a point of entry into the thinking of some of the advocates of “sustainable” planning within the alternative architecture movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

DIY-manuals, photographic documentation, artifacts and ephemera linked to the work of Steve Baer, Mike Reynolds, Jay Baldwin, Graham Stevens and others reveal a legacy of direct action and experimentation driven by a desire for autonomy from the state and its infrastructures.

The National Museum is one of six partners co-producing the Architecture Triennale. The 2013 triennale, titled Behind the Green door – Architecture and the desire for , features an innovative and critical examination of the concept of in architecture, urban development, and design. The Belgian group Rotor are curators for the main exhibition at DogA (the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture). For further information, see oslotriennale.no.

Title: Exhibition: Far-out Voices
Website: http://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/en
From: Sat, 21 Sep 2013 15:00
Venue: National Museum of Art, Architecture & Design
Address: Sankt Olavs plass bedriftssenter, 0164 Oslo, Norway

Urban Mountain Team Wins Nordic Built Challenge in Norway

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, together with LOOP Architects, COWI Denmark and Norway, Transsolar Energitechnik and Vugge til Vugge Denmark, has won the Build Challenge in Norway with their innovative scheme, Urban Mountain. The winning proposal, which would be Norway’s tallest building, seeks to refurbish and extend an existing 50,000 square-meter office tower in central into 79,000 square-meter sustainable icon. Not only would the building be the first Norwegian high-rise to utilize natural ventilation, but the design would employ Cradle to Cradle principles and BREEAM Outstanding certification targets to significantly reduce the building’s energy consumption and CO2 footprint. 

Continue reading to learn more…

Oslo Architecture Triennale

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The Oslo Architecture Triennale is the Nordic region’s biggest architecture festival. Through exhibitions, conferences, debates, competitions, publications and events in different formats and media, OAT seeks to challenge the field of architecture and urbanism, as well as to engage, inspire and raise awareness among the public and decision-makers. The Triennale tackles issues with local, regional and global relevance.

This year’s main exhibition, Behind the Green Door, opens September 19. For the past year, the Belgian curators Rotor have collected over 600 objects, all carrying claims of sustainability, from over 200 architecture offices, companies and environmental organizations across the world. Together these objects form a collection of curiosities, exhibited at DogA until December 1st, 2013.

The main conference of the Triennale will take place on September 20th, and under the title “The Future of Comfort” will discuss how the importance of sustainability is challenging our idea of confort and how architects enter this debate. Speakers include Carolyn Steel (architect and writer), Alfredo Brillembourg (architect, Urban Think Tank), Minik Rosing (professor of geology), Chris Reed (teacher of landscape urbanism at the GSD), and Dominic Balmforth (Susturb, danish office).

We are going to show you more about the Triennale, the curators and the projects in future articles, including videos and interviews.

More information on the main exhibition, complete program, and locations after the break.

Spikerverket Housing / April Arkitekter

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Architects: April Arkitekter
Location: , Norway
Team Members: Kjersti Hembre, Kathrine Lunøe, Arna Mathiesen, Gunnar Aasen Rogne
Landscape Architect: Asplan Viak
Master Plan: Mad Arkitekter
Developer: Avantor AS
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jiri Havran

Nedregate Culture District / Space Group

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Architects: Space Group
Location: ,
Design Team: Adam Kurdahl, Gro Bonesmo, Gary Bates, Jose Hernandez, Eric Gerlach, Wenche Andreasen, Jens Noach, Anne Wordstrup, Frederik Kjelman, Tim Prins, Grant Cooper
Client : Signal Mediahus ANS
Consultants: Norconsult, Rambøll Norge, Energima, Ingenius Oslo, Franco Bløchlinger / Metallplan AS, 3D akustikk, Oslo El Prosjektering, F-Holm, Bleed, Sundt & Thomassen
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ivan Brodey, Vegard Kleven, Space Group

New Tryvann Tower Proposal / MAD Arkitekter

With a unique, prominent position in the urban landscape of , the Tryvann Tower is an existing TV transmission tower high up on the forested hills surrounding the city. Launching the idea of developing a new Tryvann Tower, MAD Arkitekter envisioned a tower with an elegant and bold design, placed in the same position as today’s tower. The new Tryvann Tower would be both higher and more spacious, giving increased room for a public program. More images and architects’ description after the break.

UIO Tullinkvartalet – New University Building for the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo Proposal / MAD Arkitekter

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MAD Arkitekter, in collaboration with developer Entra, have developed a project for the relocation of the University of ’s Faculty of Law. The project site and the historical university buildings are on opposite sides of the urban square, Tullinløkka, and a historical building on the site will also be preserved. The new university buildings for UIO are given a compact form, with frontage towards Tullinløkka as well as an iconic expression which takes a position in the cityscape. More images and architects’ description after the break.