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“We believe that architecture makes sense when it’s anchored in the locales where it’s built, and the people who are going to use it. That’s why I’m not so occupied with the zeitgeist of architecture.” In this interview from Louisiana Channel, Oslo-based architect Reiulf Ramstad discusses how the Scandinavian landscape is at the core of his design concepts. In a context of globalization, increased mobility, and communication medias, Ramstad believes “the depth of the locale becomes shallow.” His architecture contrasts this mainstream approach by offering designs specifically tailored to Norwegian cultural heritage and the landscape of its remote areas. Ramstad first introduces his project for the National Tourist Route in Trollstigen, an opportunity to build in one of Norway’s most impressive landscapes. Norway is one of the rare places where untouched nature is familiar, so Ramstad wanted visitors to feel surrounded by the larger landscape space. He explains that his design strategy was to clarify what is natural from what is man-made. The project is “more a landscape than a singular building or a bridge,” as it takes almost 30 minutes to walk from one place to the other. In designing the project, Ramstad explored the “value of depth of time,” which he further identified during the construction process because of the difficulty of dealing with nature’s brutality: “We erected test elements and when we came back the following year, they were gone. I believe we’ll need that insight in the years to come because the climate will change, the weather will be more brutal, so that way of testing architecture through the Trollstigen project has given us a lot of experience.” View more View full description
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