Archinect - News 2017-10-17T01:55:31-04:00 Peter Schjeldahl contemplates Norway’s canceled controversial memorial Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-28T15:42:00-04:00 >2017-07-28T15:42:39-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>What had the land done to deserve being fissured? Local residents protested that they were traumatized enough by the killer&rsquo;s passage among them not to suffer a daily reminder of it, thronged by tourists. Some families of victims refused the use of their loved ones&rsquo; names, which are already enshrined on a modest monument&mdash;a suspended silver ring, in the woods&mdash;on Ut&oslash;ya. Last month, Norway officially canceled the project.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Memory </em><em>Wound</em></a>, a bold&nbsp;proposal by the Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg,&nbsp;won a government competition for a memorial dedicated to the seventy-seven victims of&nbsp;a massacre&nbsp;committed by Andres Breivik on July 22, 2011. The artist's design&nbsp;called for cutting a channel across the S&oslash;rbr&aring;ten peninsula, near the island of Ut&oslash;ya, where Breivik fatally shot sixty-nine at a summer camp and moving the excavated stone to the site in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oslo</a> where, on the same day, a bomb that he had planted killed eight. The gap was to be faced with stone and engraved&nbsp;with victims' names.&nbsp;</p> <p>Last month, due to much controversy,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norway officially canceled the project</a>. The proposal struck some as, for one thing, an offense to blameless nature. Contrasting the project to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vietnam Memorial</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ground Zero</a>, Peter Schjeldahl of the New Yorker points out the failure of Memory Wound, "<em>Monuments aren&rsquo;t churches. The most affecting ones enable but don&rsquo;t seek to impose, fitting emotional responses. Dahlberg&rsquo;s proposal, by contrast, ...</em></p> Inspired by a common canning jar, Snøhetta designs a new bar for the Oslo Airport Nicholas Korody 2017-05-17T12:36:00-04:00 >2017-05-17T12:43:24-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Despite being built just under 20 years ago, a rapid surge in passengers has left the Oslo Airport pretty far past capacity. So a big renovation and expansion is underway, with a first phase just completed this April. Inside the expanded arrivals and departure hall, the Norwegian superstar practice Sn&oslash;hetta has designed a unique bar and &ldquo;interior concept&rdquo;.</p><p>Named Norgesglasset after a ubiquitous jar used for picking and storing food, the 65 square meter design riffs on its namesake. 4,000 jar clad the ceiling and back wall. Conceived as one continuous organic form, the back wall rises 4.8 meter from the floor and juts out over the seating area. It&rsquo;s complemented by a chandelier, also made of the Norgesglasset jars.</p><p>The circular bar is surrounded by red chairs that match a red rubber floor and a red couch lining the back wall. The red is a nod to the red rubber gasket on the distinctive jars. Additionally, Sn&oslash;hetta designed new employee uniforms and menu cards to match the aesthetic.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p>... Transborder wins competition for Holocaust-Center in Oslo Archinect 2017-04-06T20:23:00-04:00 >2017-04-08T12:53:54-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>In tough competition with leading Norwegian offices (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a>, Jensen &amp; Skodvin, Jarmund Vigsn&aelig;s and Carl Viggo H&oslash;lmebakk) the young practice&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transborder Studio</a>&nbsp;wins the invited competition for an extension of the Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities. The center is located in Oslo, Norway, in a villa from 1917.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Villa Grande has a turbulent history. Most affected is the villa by its notorious inmate during the occupation period leaving imprints of paranoia and nazi philosophy on the architecture. The villa&rsquo;s narrow, somewhat claustrophobic exhibition rooms are fitting as framework for exhibiting one of mankind&rsquo;s worst traumas. But the extension that will house an expanded HL-center exhibition activity should give a new spatial dimension and become a counterweight to this world of heavy architectural symbolism. Our proposal creates a subtle framework for new narratives of conditions of minority groups in the world. By cultivating the edge of the &ldquo;castle plateau&rdquo; wit...</p> Ruimteveldwerk maps 'modes of movement' for asylum seekers in Oslo Nicholas Korody 2016-09-13T18:30:00-04:00 >2016-09-18T22:37:08-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>According to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">estimates</a>&nbsp;by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration, up to 60,000 people will seek asylum in Norway this year alone, most of them from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of these newly-arrived people have little knowledge of where to go to find basic resources, not to mention where to make friends.&nbsp;How do you spread information among a constantly changing group of people who don&rsquo;t have either the visibility or the vocality of the rest of a city&rsquo;s population?</p><p>For <em>Modes of Movement, </em>one of the 2016 Oslo Triennale commissioned &lsquo;intervention strategies&rsquo;, the Belgian collective <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ruimteveldwerk</a> met with asylum seekers in Oslo to gather information and anecdotes about places they found useful or appealing. They then converted their findings into a city guide, which delineates fundamental resources like medical centers and shelters, alongside places where asylum seekers can simply meet one another and share stories and experiences.</p><p>Like the rest of the intervention strategies in ...</p> Bollería Industrial / Factory-Baked Goods expose and disrupt the banal rituals of airport travel Nicholas Korody 2016-09-09T13:08:00-04:00 >2017-01-09T11:46:04-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Airports can be hell, as any traveler knows. From endless check-in lines to depersonalized security checkpoints to the dull monotony of waiting rooms and transit halls, the experience of traveling has become something of a 21st century ritual. You&rsquo;ll (probably) get to your destination, but first you have to go through the (securitized and regulated) motions.</p><p>&ldquo;By means of boredom, oddly familiar scenarios, and the climate-controlled atmospheres of in-transit buffers, the spaces and technologies of the airport relax our sensory spatial apprehension to camouflage the control parameters to which passengers are submitted,&rdquo; write the Madrid-based design studio <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boller&iacute;a Industrial / Factory-Baked Goods</a> in the text accompanying their installation <em>Managing Distance</em>, one of five commissioned &ldquo;intervention strategies&rdquo; of the <em>In Residence</em> component of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Comprising five different physical devices placed around the sleek Oslo Airport in Gardermoen, their interven...</p> "The Clearing", memorial to Norway's July 22 attacks, opens on the tragedy's fourth anniversary Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-22T19:30:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:40:11-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Called Lysningen or &lsquo;The Clearing&rsquo;, it has been designed by the Bergen-based architects 3RW. [...] &ldquo;It is actually much better than I had thought,.&rdquo; [J&oslash;rgen Watne Frydnes, the general manager of Ut&oslash;ya,] said. &ldquo;The frame around the woods and the silence of nature, makes it feel like a well.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>On July 22, 2011, on the island of Ut&oslash;yah, a lone gunman named Anders Breivik attacked a youth summer camp run by the Norwegian Workers&rsquo; Youth League (AUF), killing 69 people. Today, on the fourth anniversary of the attack, a memorial to the victims officially opens on the island. Known as &ldquo;Lysningen" (The Clearing), the memorial is designed by Bergen-based firm 3RW, and was selected through a competition hosted by AUF.</p><p>The design features a large metal ring, inscribed with the victims' names, suspended from pine trees over a clearing made by 3RW.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Vegard Gr&oslash;slie Wennesland, a survivor of the Ut&oslash;ya attack who served on the memorial committee, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">says of 3RW's design</a>: "the idea is both sophisticated and unpretentious. No matter what social, cultural or religious affiliation, you can feel welcome here. It will be a beautiful place for remembrance."</p><p>Another competition, for two public memorials &ndash; one in Ut&oslash;ya and one in Oslo, where Breivik perpetrated a bombing attack on the same day &ndash; was wo...</p> Holmenkollen ski jump turns into Airbnb penthouse for one night Alexander Walter 2015-03-19T20:47:00-04:00 >2015-03-19T20:53:08-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>One lucky soul will get to enjoy an unforgettable night in one of Oslo's most iconic destinations later this month: the topmost floor of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">JDS</a>-designed Holmenkollen ski jump will be turned into a cozy, fully furnished Airbnb penthouse for the winner of a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent online contest</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>From the contest description:</p><p><em>Set at the top of the ski jump where champions prepare for flight, the apartment&rsquo;s floor to ceiling windows give you one of the best views imaginable of Oslo, snow capped mountains and endless forest.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>On the first floor, 250 steps below the apartment you will find the world&rsquo;s first ski museum. Discover more than 4,000 years of ski history and learn about the adventures of polar explorers, including Roald Amundsen.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>After a day in the snow, leave your gear and take the lift up to your apartment at the very top of the Holmenkollen ski jump.&nbsp; </em></p><p><em>Right above you is the highest roof terrace in town, so you can do some serious stargazing as dinner is served. If you&rsquo;re really lucky, you might...</em></p> Schools shuffle and museums move forward: Weekly News Round-Up for October 27, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-03T20:29:00-05:00 >2014-11-03T20:30:36-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, October 31:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="New Plan for Architecture School at Wright Foundation" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Plan for Architecture School at Wright Foundation</a>: Facing the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">loss of its accreditation</a> in 2017, the school is considering independent incorporation in order to continue operating.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, October 30:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Archinect's Lexicon: &quot;Anthropocene&quot;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Lexicon: "Anthropocene"</a>: Recognizing that&nbsp;"Architecture notoriously appropriates and invents new language &ndash; sometimes to make appeals, sometimes to fill conceptual gaps, sometimes nonsensically", Archinect's new series will create a lexicon of (mostly new) discursive architectural terms.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, October 29:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Relocation or Adaptation: S&atilde;o Paulo Nears Collapse as Drought Continues" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Relocation or Adaptation: S&atilde;o Paulo Nears Collapse as Drought Continues</a>: Partially due to climate change and deforestation, major reservoirs are dangerously low and cities in S&atilde;o Paulo are beginning to go dry.</li><li><a title="Sn&oslash;hetta to take over SF development project near Civic Center" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta to take over SF development project near Civic Center</a>: The condo design originally was given to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Meier</a>, and may involve relocating the adjacent subway stop at Civic Center in downtown San Francisco.</li><li><a title="The Broad Kinda Sorta Has an Opening Date: Fall 2015" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Broad Kinda Sorta Has an...</a></li></ul> Oslo council votes yes on new Munch Museum Alexander Walter 2014-10-28T13:51:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T21:42:47-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Oslo&rsquo;s city council approved a plan for a new Munch Museum on the waterfront in a vote on 22 October. A new building designed by the architecture firm Herreros will be constructed at a cost of 2.8m Norwegian kroner. [...] The long-delayed project has hit a number of political hurdles since the architects were first chosen in a competition in 2009. Some critics feared the dramatic design [...] would deprive the city&rsquo;s relatively new landmark opera building of the attention it deserves.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners for Oslo's New Library and Museum Competiton Announced</a></p> Face to the Fjord: A look at Oslo on the release of their new Public Space-Public Life survey Alexander Walter 2014-03-25T13:29:00-04:00 >2014-04-03T15:37:43-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Oslo is a small city where everyone knows one another,&rdquo; says landscape architect and project leader for Levende Oslo (Lively Oslo), Yngvar Hegrenes. Norway&rsquo;s capital city on the Olso fjord recently commissioned a Public Space-Public Life (PSPL) survey that took over two years to complete, despite the city&rsquo;s compact size. Hegrenes is responsible for commissioning the survey, stating that Oslo was interested in taking a fresh look at their city center with input from knowledgeable outside sources</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Office Jarrik Ouburg + laura alvarez architecture wins second-prize for Ås in Europan Norway Justine Testado 2013-12-27T15:19:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T13:18:42-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Architects Jarrik Ouburg and Laura Alvarez sent us their "Hortus conclusus" scheme in the recently concluded E12 of the Europan Norway competition. This year's theme focused on the future development of three Oslo-region municipalities projected to grow within the next 25 years: B&aelig;rum, Asker, and &Aring;s. Alvarez's and Ouburg's collaborative entry won second prize in the &Aring;s category.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The municipality of &Aring;s, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and the architects will discuss the proposal in early 2014 to develop a new and more detailed masterplan of the specific site.<br><br> Here's a glimpse of the proposal:<br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Shortlist announced for Norwegian July 22 Memorial Sites Justine Testado 2013-10-11T20:11:00-04:00 >2016-02-29T15:01:34-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Eight finalists were revealed for the international competition to design two memorial sites in the Norwegian Goverment Headquarters in Oslo as well as the island of Ut&oslash;ya. The public art memorial sites will commemorate the victims of the Oslo bombing and the Ut&oslash;ya massacre on July 22, 2011 &mdash; Norway's shocking day of terror when 77 people tragically lost their lives.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Below are the candidates who will advance to the second and final stage of the competition:</p><ul><li>Jonas Dahlberg (SE)</li><li>Jeremy Deller (UK)</li><li>Estudio SIC (ES)</li><li>Goks&oslash;yr &amp; Martens and Sn&oslash;hetta (NO)</li><li>Olav Christopher Jenssen and LPO arkitekter (NO)</li><li>Haugen/Zohar arkitekter (NO)</li><li>Paul Murdoch Architects (US)</li><li>NL&Eacute; &amp; Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi (NL/NG)</li></ul> Picasso murals debate divides Norway Archinect 2013-08-28T17:22:00-04:00 >2013-09-02T19:49:04-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The fate of five Picasso murals on buildings damaged in the Anders Breivik bombing in Oslo in 2011 has led to a heated debate in Norway. A panel of experts has recommended demolishing the buildings and removing the murals. But art experts say that as the murals were designed by Picasso for those specific buildings, they should remain where they are. The artworks were Picasso's first attempts at concrete murals.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A-lab Wins Sustainable Urban Development in Oslo Suburb Paul Petrunia 2011-04-06T17:23:43-04:00 >2011-04-06T17:24:49-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Norwegian practice A-lab won the open international ideas competition on climate efficient urban development on Furuset area in Oslo.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The project goal is to condense the suburb Furuset i Groruddalen outside Oslo with 2,500 new homes and 1,500 new workspaces, and to reduce CO2 emissions by 50 percent by 2030. The project provides a district that stands for sustainable urban development.</p> REX does Munch in Oslo Paul Petrunia 2009-04-03T18:54:00-04:00 >2014-10-28T13:48:51-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Following up with last week's news about the <a title="winners" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">winners</a> of the international competition for the new Munch Area in Oslo&rsquo;s waterfront neighborhood Bj&oslash;rvika, Bustler now presents the newsworthy proposal from REX titled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Yin Yang&rdquo;</a>.</p> Winners for Oslo's New Library and Museum Competiton Announced Alexander Walter 2009-03-27T18:09:00-04:00 >2014-10-28T13:49:32-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Today, Spanish Herreros Arquitectos received the first prize in the Munch Museum competition. Norwegian Lund Hagem Arkitekter with Atelier Oslo were ranked as number one in the Deichman Library competition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">REX does Munch in Oslo</a></p> Shiny New Buildings for Oslo Alexander Walter 2009-03-23T16:41:00-04:00 >2014-10-28T13:59:56-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Until March 29, the City of Oslo exhibits the 40 contributions for the Munch Area and the Deichman Axis architecture competition. The list of invited architects includes names like Tadao Ando, Zaha Hadid, and Foreign Office Architects. Images on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p>