Urban Mountain Team Wins Nordic Built Challenge in Norway

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, together with LOOP Architects, COWI Denmark and , Transsolar Energitechnik and Vugge til Vugge Denmark, has won the Nordic Build Challenge in with their innovative scheme, Urban Mountain. The winning proposal, which would be ’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. 

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

Nedregate Culture District / Space Group

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Architects: Space Group
Location: Oslo,
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,

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.

‘Harvest’ Nordic Built Challenge Finalist Proposal / AHA+ and SAAHA

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Developed by architects AHA+ and Solbjor Arkitekter, their ‘Harvest’ proposal was announced as one of the four finalists in the international competition Nordic Built Challenge for an extension of Postgirobygget, an existing high-rise building in . Going beyond BG14 and the refurbishment of Posthuset, their concept aims at becoming a new and innovative way to meet the challenges of tomorrow while ensuring financial and practical viability. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘PostZERO’ Nordic Built Challenge Finalist Proposal / Space Group

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Recently named as one of the finalists in the Nordic Built Challenge, Space Group, in collaboration with BollingerGrohmann + Florian Kosche AS and AJL Engineers, shared with us their ‘PostZERO’ concept. An extension of an existing high-rise building in , the project aims to identify good ideas for how buildings can be transformed in a sustainable, innovative and cost-effective manner. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Under 40. Young Norwegian Architecture 2013

Cassia Co-op Training Center, Sumatra. Tyin Tegnestue Arkitekter © Pasi Aalto

Who are currently the most noteworthy young architects in , and how are they positioning themselves both at home and abroad?

Sørenga 3 / JVA

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Architects: JVA
Location: Sørenga, ,
Primary Architects: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Anders Granli, Kazuhiko Yamada, Claes Cho Heske Ekornås, Jeanette Alvestad
Collaborating Architects: 4B Arkitekter AS, Context AS
Client: Sørenga Utvikling AS
Area: 14,500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Nils Petter Dale, Knut Bry

Spikerverket / MAD arkitekter

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Architects: MAD arkitekter
Location: , Norway
Landscape Architect: Asplan Viak
Zoning: COWI
Developer: Avantor AS
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jiri Havran

MAD building / MAD arkitekter

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Architects: MAD arkitekter
Location: Oslo,
Project Management: Vedal Prosjekt AS
Structural Engineer: Multiconsult AS
Landscape Architect: Grindaker AS
Developer: Oslo S Utvikling AS
Thermal Consultant: Erichsen og Horgen AS
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jiri Havran, Kurt Singstad

The Boathouse / TreStykker 2012

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Architects: TreStykker 2012
Location: , Norway
Architect In Charge: TreStykker 2012
Built: TreStykker 2012
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of TreStykker 2012

Skatt Øst / NSW AS

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Architects: NSW AS
Location: ,
Design Team: Tore Schjetlein, Gudmund Stenseth, Morten Hosen, Mirjana Grahovac, Luis Santos, Tormod Slevikmoen, Tomas Løvset, Geir Klefstad
Area: 25,000 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Einar Aslaksen, Espen Grønli, Courtesy of NSW

Straight Up Oslo: Views Within the City by Cameron R. Neilson

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Photographer Cameron R Neilson, who we introduced in our earlier post about Oslo’s ripening real estate market, has produced some fantastic views from within Oslo.  As part of the Straight Up project, Neilson is challenging both the way in which city-scapes and skylines are photographed and the way that our eyes navigate the urban environment.

Check out the remarkable photographs after the break.

DNB Bank Headquarters / MVRDV

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Architects: MVRDV
Location: Oslo,
Area: 36,500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jiri Havran, Jeroen Musch

Oslo: A Haven For Adventurous Design

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For architects, has become a safe haven from Europe’s economic turmoil. According to an article by J.S. Marcus for The Wall Street Journal, dozens of new architectural projects currently under construction are not only changing the city’s humble skyline, putting the city on the cutting-edge of architectural design, but are also pulling in a base of buyers that are eager to call the city’s waterfront home (no wonder was voted our #1 country for architects to find work). And nowhere can Oslos’s transformation be better seen than in the new quarter of Operakvarteret, where a 20,000 square-meter, mixed use development project has brought various, innovative architects together to design a new face for Oslo.

More after the break.

Astrup Fearnley Museet / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

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The newly constructed Astrup Fearnley Museet, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Narud-Stokke-Wiig, has opened on a stunning waterfront site in the Tjuvholmen neighborhood of . The €90 million, 7000 square meter structure provides space for the museum’s collection, temporary exhibitions, a gift shop and cafe. Slender steel columns support the sail-form, glass roof that provides shelter to the weathered timber cladding, while illuminating the interior’s extensive collection of contemporary art with a soft, natural light.

The museum has launched with To Be With Art Is All We Ask, an of selected works from the Astrup Fearnley Collection by some of the world’s most innovative contemporary artists. Continue after the break to learn more.