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Arboretum / Rintala Eggertsson Architects

  • 00:00 - 5 March, 2012
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, Norway
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Dagur Eggertsson, Julian Fors, Fabricio Ferreira Fernandes, Matthew Donnachie, Sölvi Magnússon, Kaori Watanabe and Vibeke Jenssen
  • Curator

    Public Art Norway (KORO), Mette Kvandal and Per Henrik Svalastog
  • 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
  • Photographs

Text description provided by the architects. The Gjoevik Care Centre is an institution for juvenile asylum seekers. The centre provides shelter and safety for immigrants under the age of 15 and helps those of them who are struggling with traumatic experiences from famine and conflicts around the world. Our assignment was to create a refuge for the children which also could serve as a place for meaningful activities in their daily lives.

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We proposed an arboretum -a smallgarden of trees which were specially selected from all the habitable continents of the world. The idea was to establish a connection between the different geographies – the ones which the children carry within themselves as memories from their home countries and their new location in the beautiful hillside overlooking the lake Mjoesa.The trees become thus thephysical link which not only symbolizes life, and growth in a new soil but they also provide the children and the staff the positive activity of cultivation of the environment.

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The architecture of the arboretum is based on a map of the world which was derived from a triangulated model of the earth. This model was developed in the 1950's to create the most accurate representation of the globe.The map shows the continents in a row, the one after the other and gives an association to how people in the world and their cultures are linked together in a long continuous chain. This teaches us how the small is a part of a larger whole and how the individual plays a role in the world which surrounds us.

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To create good growing conditions for the trees, we propose a series of wooden windscreens. They create a better microclimate and consequently also a good shelter against the wind forthe residents of the care centre. Wooden benches will also enable people to settle down for a shorter or a longer time, either to enjoy the qualities of the place, or to find a piece of mind in a difficult world.

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Cite: "Arboretum / Rintala Eggertsson Architects" 05 Mar 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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