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  7. Knarvik Kindergarden / M3 Architecture

Knarvik Kindergarden / M3 Architecture

  • 00:00 - 30 April, 2010
Knarvik Kindergarden / M3 Architecture
Knarvik Kindergarden / M3 Architecture, © Thomas Tysseland
© Thomas Tysseland

© Thomas Tysseland © Thomas Tysseland © Thomas Tysseland © Thomas Tysseland + 24

Text description provided by the architects. The architectural language bases on the areas basic character. The rocky hills makes the building twist and turn around it. This is showed by the waving roof, adapting to the surroundings.

The site is completely surrounded by unspoilt landscape, therefore it was important to keep the concept as close as possible to the “natural palette”. The outer skin is natural local wood panels, that will become light grey as time goes by. A variation with vertical and horizontal panels draws the lines for windows and cuts.

© Thomas Tysseland
© Thomas Tysseland

The cuts and the lightboxes talks a more modern language, to give the concept a modern connection.The idea came along studying the rubix snake, and how its ability to generate a million different shapes, based on just one fragment/form put together.

© Thomas Tysseland
© Thomas Tysseland

The shape is modeled from a box with dimensions 8×8x8 meters. The only twist on that box is to lift one of the corners vertical 2 meters. When put together randomly, you will get a unique form, like twisting the rubix snake.

© Thomas Tysseland
© Thomas Tysseland

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Cite: "Knarvik Kindergarden / M3 Architecture" 30 Apr 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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