Wallpaper shelves Norwegian architecture

The renowned design magazine Wallpaper shelves Norwegian design. " Poetic " and " divine " are words they use to describe the Norwegian architecture.

Good architecture can change your life, we’ll know. Then it is good to see that Norwegian architecture is becoming more and more interesting abroad. Among other things, the opera house in Bjørvika was voted the world’s best cultural building during the “World Architecture Festival” in Barcelona.

Design magazine Wallpaper has now made a travel letter from Norway where they show a selection of buildings they think deserve attention.

“Although all the buildings are different in shape, Norwegian architecture seems to have a common dominant theme: Nature and human space in this. Skilled Norwegian architects are distinguished by building harmonious construction in rough terrain – and the result is often poetic. Cabins grow out of rocky grounds, as well as resting places along the road and public buildings, scattered in the landscape as if they were placed there by God himself, “writes Wallpaper.

Previously, they also wrote about architect Todd Saunders’ Villa G in Bergen, which, like the villa of architect Anette Lyngsaas, is built with high ceilings.

It is great that Norwegian architecture becomes more interesting for foreign countries, because we compete for the attention to some extreme architecture.

These are the buildings that are celebrated by Wallpaper:

Atelier Oslo

The lantern covers an outdoor space in Langgata in Sandnes, and is used in many different contexts, from concerts and squares to casual meeting places in the city. The lantern, designed by Atelier Oslo, was a Norwegian Wood project in conjunction with the Stavanger / Sandnes 2008 cultural year, and it was therefore a premise to build environmentally friendly and use wood in all parts of the structure.

The construction interprets the house form already in the old wooden house in Langgata. A transparent ceiling in wood and glass is held up by 4 column clips. The pillars are positioned so that informal space occurs and facilitates informal ways to experience the project. The project is lit so it appears like a lantern in the evening.

“The new series ‘Norwegian Wood’ projects impress with experimental and durable design in wood,” writes Wallpaper, which seems that the pillars are reminiscent of clusters of trees.

Wallpaper shelves Norwegian architecture

To give the roof a light and abstract expression, all the elements in the ceiling have exactly the same dimensions. The columns branch out into the ceiling to distribute the load on the roof surface. They have moved under the structure so that they are protected. This is also done to show off the difference between the covered and not covered outside space. No thing on the ground marks when you are covered. Photo: Atelier Oslo


Wallpaper shelves Norwegian architecture

The shelter: The scattered Bjørvika project Barcode is celebrated by foreign Wallpaper. Photo: A-lab / © Jiri Havran

A-lab’s PWC building is opposite the opera in Oslo and is the first “line” to be built in the city’s Barcode project (barcode = barcode, journ. note). The construction is modernist and stained glass delivers the facade. The building is located directly at Oslo S, and will serve as the project’s face towards the city center.

There have been some controversies around the project, as the architects say should express “openness, lightness and technology within the framework of a single form of expression”. They have had the wish that the building should be experienced differently depending on the distance the building is considered from, time of day and season.

Kindergarten in Trondheim

Brendeland and Kristoffersen are behind the implementation of Trondheim municipality’s initiative to rebuild an old car dealership room for kindergarten. The municipality has as a project to build a part of the municipality in an environmentally friendly way, and at the Black Llamo this old car built new life. The outer contraction is preserved, and inside there are three “houses” around a space – all inside a glass pavillion.

Wallpaper shelves Norwegian architecture

CAR TRADE: It will be most playful cars in this room after it was rebuilt to kindergarten. Photo: David Grandorge / Brendeland and Kristoffersen

“With brilliant solutions, like a studio, a scene and a hidden cave under the kitchen counter, this will be a kind of creative room that you’re happy to let your child stay in,” writes Wallpaper.

Previously, click. No written about other creative solutions to meet the needs of kindergartens, like using the roof space in Oslo.

Playground in Stavanger

– The geothermal area at Kjerringholmen is designed by Helen and Hard is an experimental space that tests the recycling of material from the oil industry. The park recreates the topography of the Troll field on a 1: 500 scale. The project was carried out in cooperation with Stavanger Municipality, the Capital of Culture Year 2008, the Norwegian Oil Museum and local youth team. Wallpaper has fallen for the way the park is made, as well as innovative design and material selection.

Wallpaper shelves Norwegian architecture

A DREAM: Children love hidden rooms and go on a discovery journey. Photo: © David Grandorge

Also read: Swimming pool over the balcony

Oslo International School

– Workers who live in Oslo can send their children to this Jarmund / Vigsnæs-based school if they want English-language education. Oslo International School is a private school for about 500 students from more than 50 nations. Here is also a kindergarten. The multinational function of the building is reflected in the colorful facade of the elementary school wing, which is built with ten different colors.

Juvet Hotel

Wallpaper shelves Norwegian architecture

RESULTS: Geopark made of old and used items from the petroleum industry. Photo: Helen and Hard

– Gudbrandsjuvet, a fiery ravine where the river has dug into intricate formations, is the scene of Jensen&Skodvin architect’s hotel. According to the legend from the 16th century the gorge was named after Gudbrand, who broke off the bridge and skipped the gap to save himself and his wife. Gudbrand was declared lawless and lived the rest of his life in a stone cottage in one of the sides of Gudbrandsjuvet.

There you can live too, for now, some of the country’s most talented architects have designed and built a landscape hotel composed of houses with glass windows. Thus you get a company of your own little bit of the dramatic landscape outside. Nevertheless, the houses are perceived as very private and sheltered.

Read more about Juvet Hotel: Tight architecture in wild nature

Wallpaper shelves Norwegian architecture

INTERNATIONAL: Oslo International School’s facade reflects the diversity of the school. Photo: JV Architects

The Lookout Platform Goddess Shelf

-Jensen&Skodvin has also created this platform at Gudbrandsjuvet. The main platform is made of 25 mm thick steel plates that are laser cut and hang over the gorge as a bridge that is attached at each end.

The geometry of the railings makes it possible to follow the platform all the way around, although there are big differences in the safety requirements from place to place. The big curve inwardly allows the tourists to lean out safely beyond the watery masses. The bridges are made of different materials, depending on what is best suited to nature and the surrounding conditions.

Also read: Solberg Square – Scenic Viewpoint

Frøbanken, Svalbard

Wallpaper shelves Norwegian architecture

EGEN GEM: The super modern building The juvenile is located right by the traditional, old farm Burtigarden. Photo: Jensen&Skodvin

It’s all taken from a future movie: In a kind of oversized gap hut in the middle of the wharf on Svalbard, seeds are gathered from around the world in case we are once without food. Then the seeds can help to ensure further food production.

“The measure reflects Norwegians’ hang to save for tighter times,” writes Wallpaper about Peter W. Søderman / Barlindhaug Consults “vault” The seed tank is buried in permafrost and is natural – 20 degrees. The seeds are therefore protected even if there is a power failure. The front of the building and the top of the façade show the art of Dyveke Sanne. Triangles made of reflective, acid-resistant steel, diocratic mirrors and prisms break the light and spread it into the surroundings in all directions.


The reconstruction of Norway’s largest publishing house, Gyldendal Norsk Forlag AS, was carried out by the country’s perhaps only super celebrity architect, Sverre Fehn and his architectural office, in collaboration with Kima architecture.

The publishing house has been between Universitetsgata and Sehestedsplass since the beginning of the 19th century. The building shows Fehns genius in relation to working with new and existing buildings: he retained the old facade that stood in what was the backyard between the two buildings Gyldendal disposed of. The backyard is built so that the two buildings that were previously separate merged into a large office building.

Wallpaper shelves Norwegian architecture

VIEW OF POINT: The platform over the Gulf of God gives access to some of the most spectacular scenery Norway has to offer. Photo: Jensen&Skodvin

“The exterior and the interior find its dialogue between the extremely modern and the traditional picturesque,” writes Wallpaper about one of Sverre Fehns last major architectural achievements. Fehn died 23. February 2009.

Museum, Bank Place 3

When deceased Sverre Fehn designed the National Museum – Architecture, he continued his already significant cultural heritage. The older building at Bankplassen 3 is from 1830, designed by Christian Heinrich Grosch and is a central part of Norwegian architecture history.

“Today, the new exhibition space is perceived as an appropriate contradiction between classicalism and modernist architecture, a clash between Fehn and Grosch, the two most influential Norwegian architects from the 19th century up to today,” says Wallpaper.

Wallpaper shelves Norwegian architecture

Photo: Photo © Statsbygg / Jaro Hollan

The house is built in three periods: The main house, originally Norges Bank’s main building, was designed by Christian Heinrich Grosch in 1830. The Buchers Hall was originally a magazine flight, and was designed by Henry Bucher in 1911, and the new Ulltveit-Moe pavilion was designed by Sverre Fehn in 2002.

Good Norwegian

Norway is gaining popularity among trendsetters. Not only was the curator of the Norwegian section of the design exhibition in London, 100% Norway, editor of Wallpaper. Wallpaper also made a whole part of the magazine to present Norwegian design objects in connection with the exhibition.

Wallpaper has also come with a guide to Oslo in its classic series of travel guides.

Sources:, architects, wikipedia (about Sverre Fehn)

Wallpaper shelves Norwegian architecture

NEW AND GAMMELT: The backyard is built and the facade of the Danish house has got a facelift – but is largely preserved in its entirety. Photo: Gyldendal. no and photographer Dag Alveng

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Wallpaper shelves Norwegian architecture

“FEHNISK”: The new part of the Architecture Museum, located at the Bank Square in Oslo, was designed by Sverre Fehn. Photo: Statsbygg / Jaro. Hollan

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