Visited March 2016
Architect: Philip Johnson
Gross floor area: 166m²
Location: New Canaan, Connecticut, USA
Visited: October 2015
Client: DNB Bank
Site: Vinkelplassen, Majorstua, Oslo
Size: 80 sq.m
Main Material: Pine
Main suppliers: Moelven, Ramirent
Design Period: March 28th-April 2nd 2015
Construction Period: July 16th-July 30th 2015
Leaders: Eirik Martin Tollåli, Lars Anders Schiøtz, Nora Ingeborg Hassel Mørk, Um-Ul-Banin Syed, Gine Backer-Røed
Participants: Kamilla Merete Kristiansen, Shohreh Kheirati, Signe Ludvigsen, Lucinda Jane Baggett, Torunn Oland Stjern, Julie Gaby, Henrik Mæland, Carmen Isabel Olsen Roman, Karoline Aarvik, Signe Helland Nyberg, Jonas Peter Falck, Jonas Aarre Sommarset, Pavel T. Sagen, Vaar Bothner, Daniel Rydland, Ingeborg Stavdal, Erik Rønneberg, Kristina Hjohlman Reed, Anton Juel Lund, Kristine Heimdal, Geir Birkeland, Inger Beate Arnevik, Balén Yousef, Christian Helliksen Schiøtz, Nikolas Røshol, Simon Dai, Ebba Karoline Due, Hedvig Åstebøl
Consulting Architechts: Stiv Kuling, Lala Tøyen, Børre Skodvin (Jensen & Skodvin)
Consulting Engineer: Dipl. Ing. Florian Kosche
"Trestykker" (Woodpieces) is an annual design-and-build-workshop for architecture students in Norway, focusing on usage of wood as the main building material. The workshop is fully organized by students. The workshop alternates between the schools of architecture in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Ås. The students from the host school chooses a leader group, while up to 30 students from all four schools can participate. The leader group works to find a client, a site and a project. The design phase is a 5 day workshop in the easter holiday, with counselling from various professional architects.
For 2015, students from AHO (Oslo School of Architecture) hosted the workshop, with the bank DNB as client. The site was the city square outside their main offices at Majorstua in Oslo. The square is located next to one of norways most busy intersection and traffic hubs. A recent rehabilitation of the square and its neighbouring building caused a lot of media debate and criticism, for destroying what was once a urban space full of life. Our task was simply to design a project that could help revitalize the empty square.
The chosen concept was called "Pusterom" (Breathing space), reflecting a wish among the students to create a space that could offer a place to sit down and relax, a place to spend time, to observe the pulsating city and use our senses to experience the urban life in ways one might not ususally get the opportunity to do. The pavillion is simply three groups of benches and a roof. With the roof construction, we hoped to create something that would contrast the neighbouring architecture, both in its geometry, construction and materiality. It was also an experiment, where we hoped to achieve interesting filtered light and acoustic effects.
The project was a very interesting experience for all involved. The building phase was a spectacle and an intervention in itself -to close off such a big and central square sparked a new awareness for this forgotten urban space and we gained a lot of interest from thousands of bypassers. This in itself became a new start for the square. We never felt sure if this experiment would work, but it has been very satisfying to see how people have started to use it after its completion and how the square now actually has become 'a place', something that people talk about and most importantly; a place where people not only pass through, but now actually also stop and spend time. The pavillion will exist for 2 years, with the possibility of extention.
The German online magazine Baunetzwoche recently published a couple of my photos of Sverre Fehn's Glacier Museum, as part of a series of articles focused on buildings made by the more unknown Pritzker Prize winners. Fehn won the prize in 1997, with the glacier museum being one of his most important works. The museum opened in 1991 and was envisioned by Fehn as a gray, moss-covered boulder left behind by a glacier.
A pdf of the magazine can be downloaded here: http://www.baunetz.de/cid/4556591
Design: Scarcity and Creativity Studio, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Supervision: Prof. Arch. Christian Hermansen-Cordua, Dr.Ing. Solveig Sandness, Arch. Marcin Wojcik
Designers: Mathilde Azriel, Ines Bendelac, Tommy Degerth, Eline Egeland, Bruguers Gallego-Guiu, Sigrid Bergitte, Gilberg, Matteo Grometto, Thea Andrea Jetmundsen, Marianna Laurila, Matteo Lomaglio, Lodewijk Luken, Jon Mannsåker, Ida Helene Holm Mjelde, Une Tangen Rekstad, Michelle Schneider, Kristine Skarphol, Miguel Saludas, Irene De Santos, Jonas Aarre Sommarset, Anna Rosa Strassegger, Emiel Vercruysse, Maria Årthun
Client: Aaslaug Vaa, Villa Lofoten
Location: Kleivan Harbour, Vestvågøy, Lofoten
Concept name: "The Bands"
Site area: 600m2
Total project area: 80m2
Total indoor floor area: 15m2
Budget: 130 000 NOK
Design period: January-April 2015
Construction period: April-May 2015
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As part of my architecture studies at AHO, I participated in the Scarcity & Creativity Studio (SCS) in the spring semester of 2015. This is a masters studio where the students design and build a project for a real client, over the course of 5 intense months.
The projects are chosen through a design competition in 3 phases, After the winner is chosen, the studio works as an architects office producing all necessary drawings, before they spend 4-5 weeks on site, building the project.
The task this semester was to propose a strategy for renovation of 3 existing buildings on a quay in Kleivan, Lofoten, and to design and build an separate sauna, terrace and barbeque area. The buildings are intended to be used as an art and cultural production centre and as rental homes for tourism and all buildings should be possible to use separately and in combination.
The chosen proposal was located at the end of the quay, aiming for a sensitive relation with the landscape and a direct contact with the water. All facilities are contained in a system of three folding bands. The ondulating bands connect the different levels of the site, providing opportunities for lounging, furniture, fish cleaning, dining, barbeque, and when they rise, interior spaces are created, for a sauna, shower and a changing room.
Pictures, these films and a scale model of the project were exhibited at the AHO Works Exhibition in early June, and was nominated for AHO Works Awards for "Excellence in professionalism" and "Excellence in the use of timber"
Architect: Tadao Ando
Area: 113 m²
Visited: March 2014
Architect: Jun Aoki
Capacity: 80 people
Collaborator : ATELIER G&B Corp
Textile Designer: Yuko Aondo
Lighting Engineer: Izumi Okayasu
Visited: March 2014
Architect: Tadao Ando
Gross floor area: 456m²
General contractor: Zenitaka Corporation
Structural engineers: Ascoral Engineering Associates
"Shiba Ryotaro was an important figure in Japanese literature after the World War II. Characterized by a critical look at modern life, his popular historical novels and travel writings provided moral support for Japanese people after the war. His sudden death in 1996 was widely mourned and his works are still seen by many Japanese as a sort of guide to life.
The museum built in memory of Shiba Ryotaro, designed by the Japanese Tadao Ando, has the aim of transmitting his message to future generations."
Visited: March 2014
Architects: Kazuyo Sejima (SANAA)
Location: Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Structural engineers: Sasaki Structural Consultants
Mechanical engineers: P.T.Morimura & Associates
General contractors: Heisei Construction
Site area: 457.77m2
Building area: 207.20m2
Total floor area: 553.11m2
Design period: September, 2006-
Projected completion date: June, 2008
Visited: April 2014
*Everyone* knows about this building. One of the biggest architectural classics in the world, and therefor surprisingly easy to overlook. There are many buildings I dream about visiting, but I had never planned or even imagined myself visiting this one. Until I found myself in Tokyo with time and money to spare for an impulse trip.. Shortly after I was standing in front of the Sydney Opera, almost suprised that I was actually seeing this masterpiece in real life. I don't know what I expected, and even though I don't like every aspect of the building, it still felt very satisfying to have seen it and to be able to explore and capture it with my camera..
Architect: Jørn Utzon
Structural Engineer: Ove Arup & Partners
Visited: March 2014
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Tokyo had three of it's most extreme snowfalls in half a century, during my 7 month stay in 2013/14. This resulted in some pretty unique photo-opportunities for a norwegian longing for his homecountry's winters.