A New Festival that Celebrates the Architecture of the Arctic Circle

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Last weekend saw the opening of a new cultural festival on Sandhornøy, a small Norwegian island within the Arctic Circle. Centered around three traditionally-inspired structures by Rintala Eggertsson ArchitectsSALT is a celebration of the history and culture of Arctic communities – and while the structures of the Norwegian festival will remain in place for a full year, the festival itself plans to tour the northern regions of the globe, with new locally specific installations at each locale. Find out more about the festival in after the break, in this post originally published on Metropolis Magazine.

SALT Festival Installations / Rintala Eggertsson Architects

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Architects: Rintala Eggertsson Architects
Location: Fylkesveg 478 430, 8130 Sandhornøy,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Gunnar Holmstad, Marte Antonsen

Big Ideas, Small Buildings: Some of Architecture’s Best, Tiny Projects

Suzuko Yamada, Pillar House, Tokyo, Japan. Image © Iwan Baan/TASCHEN

This post was originally published in The Architectural Review as “Size Doesn’t Matter: Big Ideas for Small Buildings.

Taschen’s latest volume draws together the architectural underdogs that, despite their minute, whimsical forms, are setting bold new trends for design.

When economies falter and construction halts, what happens to architecture? Rather than indulgent, personal projects, the need for small and perfectly formed spaces is becoming an economic necessity, pushing designers to go further with less. In their new volume Small: Architecture Now!, Taschen have drawn together the teahouses, cabins, saunas and dollhouses that set the trends for the small, sensitive and sustainable, with designers ranging from Pritzker Laureate Shigeru Ban to emerging young practices.

BUS:STOP Unveils 7 Unusual Bus Shelters by World Class Architects

Sou Fujimoto’s BUS:STOP design. Image © Yuri Palmin

A year in the making, Krumbach in Austria has unveiled seven eye-catching bus shelters which have turned the world’s gaze on the tiny village. Designed by internationally renowned architects such as Wang Shu, Sou Fujimoto and Smiljan Radic, who worked in collaboration with local architects and craftsmen, the whimsical structures will put the village of 1000 residents on the map.

Curator Dietmar Steiner praised the commitment of those involved, saying “the entire project succeeded because it was supported in the most generous fashion by more than 200 people.” This included the architects, who took up their projects for little more than a free holiday in the area and the chance to engage in an unusual challenge. However, BUS:STOP was not merely a vanity project: Verena Konrad, Director of vai Vorarlberger Architektur Institut, noted that the project was important for “the successful connection of infrastructure and mobility for the rural area.”

See images of all 7 shelters after the break

Barnetraakk / TYIN Tegnestue + Rintala Eggertsson Architects

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Architects: Rintala Eggertsson Architects, TYIN Tegnestue
Location: Oppland,
Built By: Rintala Eggertsson Architects,
Planning Team: Yashar Hanstad, Andreas G. Gjertsen, Sami Rintala, Dagur Eggertsson, Vibeke Jenssen and children at the Trintom Elementary School
Area: 20.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Pasi Aalto

World Famous Architects Design Bus Stops for Tiny Austrian Village

Chilean architect standing in his completed bus shelter. Image © Adolf Bereuter / BUS:STOP Krumbach

Krumbach, a small Austrian village of 1000 inhabitants, is not the place you’d expect to find structures from a variety of architecture’s biggest names. But thanks to Verein Kultur Krumbach, a new association dedicated to encouraging culture in the village, that’s exactly what’s happening, with seven international architecture firms agreeing to design bus stops for Krumbach.

Read after the break to find out more about the seven designs.

Høse Bridge / Rintala Eggertsson Architects

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Architects: Rintala Eggertsson Architects
Location: Suldal,
Design Team: Dagur Eggertsson, Sami Rintala, Ivan Kroupa, Vibeke Jenssen, Kaori Watanabe and Ingrid Londono
Project Management: Inge Hoftun, Kon-Sul AS
Client: Lauritz Lauritzen Inge Vandvik and Alf Waage Suldal Municipality
Photographs: Dag Jenssen

BUS:STOP Krumbach: 7 Architects, 7 Buildings, 7 Statements

© Adolf Bereuter

BUS:STOP Krumbach is a recently initiated project in the Bregenzerwald region of Austria that will pair seven well-known architecture offices from around the world with seven local architects and allow them to work together on the design of seven new bus shelters in the town of Krumbach. A true collaboration between tradition and innovation, national and international, BUS:STOP hopes to create a series of small and functional buildings with their own unique characters that tell not only the story of these architects, but also of this special region.

For the list of participating offices and to learn more about BUS:STOP, read on. 

Hut-to-Hut / Rintala Eggertsson Architects

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Architects: Rintala Eggertsson Architects
Location: , India
Design Team: Sami Rintala, Pasi Aalto, Gunilla Bandolin,Robin Belven, Einar Syversen, Helder Matos, Ida Mosand, Monica Bellika Esaiassen, Kristin Rønnestad, Marta Correa, Moritz Kerschbaum, Olav Kildal, Jonny Klevstad, Karoline Førsund and Dagur Eggertsson
Collaborators: Eden Project, Loowatt Ltd., Buro Happold, Annapurna Garimella, Suresh Heblikar, Jim O’Donnell, Sujata Goel, Kalidas Shetty, Talavane Krishna, Arnun Balakrishnan and Murali Krishna
Photographs: Pasi Aalto

Venice Biennale 2012: VOID / Rintala Eggertsson Architects

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In Western thinking the notion of void, or emptiness is a usually considered a negative state of affairs, absence or lack of something. As an existential term emptiness, coupled with our contemporary condition with unforeseen wealth, is associated with the sensation of uneasiness and alienation in the midst of our plenty. This spiritual emptiness may be filled on its surface with busyness and entertainment, cultural hipness and formal styles. This obsessive behavior or fear of emptiness, well exploited by commercial interests, is a trap that enforces us to produce, to consume and to fill the seemingly meaningless gaps, rather than allowing things to evolve in a natural and sustainable way.

Into The Landscape / Rintala Eggertsson Architects

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Architect: Rintala Eggertsson ArchitectsVibeke Jenssen, Dagur Eggertsson, Sami Rintala and Kaori Watanabe
Location: Bjørgeøyan, ,
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, , Norway
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