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120 Hours Announces Winners of Its 2016 Competition "What Ever Happened to Architectural Space?"

14:00 - 22 March, 2016
120 Hours Announces Winners of Its 2016 Competition "What Ever Happened to Architectural Space?", Florilegium. Image via 120 Hours
Florilegium. Image via 120 Hours

The student architecture competition “120 Hours” has released the winners of its 2016 competition—“What Ever Happened to Architectural Space?”—which this year challenged entrants to imagine a space without program or site. In a time when the discourse of architecture is influenced more by program and environment than spatial quality, the brief was uniquely challenging in its simplicity. Entries were received from over 2863 students from 72 countries, with winners selected by a jury headed by Christian Kerez and including Maria Shéhérazade Giudici, Beate Hølmebakk, Neven Mikac Fuchs and Marina Montresor.

Originally devised by students in Oslo, the competition format is intended as a way of encouraging discourse among architecture students across the world, with competition briefs released just 120 hours (5 days) before the submission deadline. These unique restrictions have fostered a reputation for unconventional and challenging proposals and winning entries in the past have included giant scaffolds of hammocks and the use of robots to inhabit an abandoned town. Read on to see the top three award recipients for 2016.

AD Classics: Nordic Pavilion at Expo '70 / Sverre Fehn

04:00 - 22 March, 2016
AD Classics: Nordic Pavilion at Expo '70 / Sverre Fehn, Courtesy of Norwegian National Museum
Courtesy of Norwegian National Museum

Though architectural history is replete with bricks, stones, and steel, there is no rule that states that architecture must be ‘solid’. Sverre Fehn, one of the most prominent architects of postwar Norway, regularly made use of heavy materials like concrete and stone masonry in his projects [1]. In this way, his proposal for the Nordic Pavilion at the Osaka World Expo in 1970 could be seen as an atypical exploration of a more delicate structure. Representing a very different aspect of ‘Modernity’ than his usual work, Fehn’s “breathing balloon” pavilion stands not only in contradiction to Fehn’s design canon, but to that of traditional architecture as a whole.

Courtesy of Norwegian National Museum Courtesy of Norwegian National Museum Courtesy of Norwegian National Museum Courtesy of Norwegian National Museum +10

Oslo Cancer Cluster Innovation Park / Dark Arkitekter + Arkitektpartner

02:00 - 4 February, 2016
Oslo Cancer Cluster Innovation Park / Dark Arkitekter + Arkitektpartner, © Huffton+Crow
© Huffton+Crow

© Huffton+Crow © Huffton+Crow © Huffton+Crow © Huffton+Crow +10

DNB House / Dark Arkitekter

09:00 - 31 January, 2016
DNB House / Dark Arkitekter, © Olaf Kon
© Olaf Kon

© Jiri Havran © Jiri Havran © Jiri Havran © Jiri Havran +23

Five Intervention Strategies for the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale Revealed

04:00 - 28 January, 2016
Five Intervention Strategies for the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale Revealed, Kirkenes Harbor (2009): one of four 'Intervention Strategy' sites. Image © Mathis Herbert
Kirkenes Harbor (2009): one of four 'Intervention Strategy' sites. Image © Mathis Herbert

Following an international open call for 'Intervention Strategies' which connect and correspond to the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale’s theme—After Belongingfive proposals have been selected to be developed as part of its core program, to be displayed and discussed throughout the course of the event. The jury have been "pleased and impressed by the wide range of proposals, their creativity, seriousness and sometimes also the humor with which [the submissions] approach issues of real gravity, and by the care and hard work that was evident in almost all of them."

Bråtejordet Skole / White Arkitekter

02:00 - 20 January, 2016
Bråtejordet Skole / White Arkitekter, © Ivan Brodey
© Ivan Brodey

© Ivan Brodey © Ivan Brodey © Ivan Brodey © Ivan Brodey +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Oslo, Norway
  • Design Team

    Thomas Landenberg (head architect), Karin Jakobsson, Karin Sjödin (head of landscape), Jeroen Matthijssen, Lars Zackrisson, Christian Wahlström, Lena Osvalds, Mikaela Åström Forsgren, Daniel Hultman.
  • Area

    7200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Idunsgate / Haptic Architects

02:00 - 6 January, 2016
Idunsgate / Haptic Architects, © Marcelo Donadussi
© Marcelo Donadussi

© Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi +42

  • Architects

  • Location

    Oslo, Norway
  • Design Team

    Nikki Butenschøn, Aleksandra Danielak, Peder Skavlan
  • Client

    Gullestad/Skavlan
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Storyline Studios / Studio Vatn + GROMA

05:00 - 4 January, 2016
Storyline Studios / Studio Vatn + GROMA, © Einar Aslaksen
© Einar Aslaksen

Paleet Shopping Center / JVA

02:00 - 19 December, 2015
Paleet Shopping Center / JVA, © Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale

© Nils Petter Dale © Einar Aslaksen © Nils Petter Dale © Einar Aslaksen +31

schmidt hammer lassen Wins Competition to Masterplan Skøyen in Central Oslo

12:00 - 8 December, 2015
schmidt hammer lassen Wins Competition to Masterplan Skøyen in Central Oslo, Subway. Image © schmidt hammer lassen
Subway. Image © schmidt hammer lassen

schmidt hammer lassen architects has won an international competition to masterplan a 87,000-square-meter area of Skøyen in central Oslo, dubbed Eureka Kvarteret. The multi-phased plan aims to unify the area's connection to the Oslo fjord, nearby transportation hubs and its main street, Hoff, while generating a versatile new skyline that compliments its context. 

“We have proposed a framework that builds upon a basic idea about the space between the buildings," explains Senior Partner Kristian Lars Ahlmark.

Exhibition: Architecture in Comic-Strip Form

18:00 - 13 October, 2015
Exhibition: Architecture in Comic-Strip Form, Illustration: Bielke&Yang
Illustration: Bielke&Yang

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

08:30 - 24 September, 2015
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

05:00 - 21 August, 2015
Ode to Osaka / Manthey Kula, © Manthey Kula
© Manthey Kula

© Manthey Kula © Manthey Kula © Manthey Kula © Manthey Kula +57

Writers' Cottage 2 / JVA

03:00 - 19 August, 2015
Writers' Cottage 2 / JVA, © Jonas Adolfsen
© Jonas Adolfsen

© Jonas Adolfsen © Jonas Adolfsen © Jonas Adolfsen © Jonas Adolfsen +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Oslo, Norway
  • Area

    15.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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

16:15 - 8 June, 2015
Open Call: 120 HOURS to Reveal Design Challenge on June 15, © 120 HOURS
© 120 HOURS

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

03:00 - 4 June, 2015
House Linnebo / Schjelderup Trondahl arkitekter, © Jonas Adolfsen
© Jonas Adolfsen

© Jonas Adolfsen © Jonas Adolfsen © Jonas Adolfsen © Jonas Adolfsen +25

MM1 - Exhibition Room For Contemporary Art / Rintala Eggertsson Architects

16:00 - 4 May, 2015
MM1 - Exhibition Room For Contemporary Art / Rintala Eggertsson Architects, © Are Carlsen
© Are Carlsen

© Are Carlsen © Are Carlsen © Are Carlsen © Are Carlsen +16

6 Proposals Revealed for Oslo's New Government Quarter

09:00 - 15 April, 2015
6 Proposals Revealed for Oslo's New Government Quarter, © BIG
© BIG

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.

Courtesy of Asplan Viak Courtesy of Snøhetta Courtesy of White Courtesy of LPO +24