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Morse code facade wraps a skatepark in Norway

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The Oslo Skatehall, which opened earlier this year, is a new 25,000-square-foot indoor venue designed to be shared between professional and amateur skateboarders of all ages. The building, located on a sloping site near central Oslo, is the result of a close collaboration between architects at Dark, a Norwegian-based firm of landscape architects and skate park design specialists.
  • Facade Manufacturer Schüco (windows & doors); Hansen Sveis & Montering AS (structural frame); Stålbygg AS (aluminum panels)
  • Architects Dark Arkitekter
  • Facade Installer Varden Entreprenør AS (general contractor); Bjørnstad Prosjektering AS (construction management); Profilteam (facade contractor)
  • Facade Consultants Sweco (structural engineering); Hjellnes Consult AS (MEP); Borg Bygg AS (facade consultant); Høyer Finseth AS (construction consultant)
  • Location Oslo, Norway
  • Date of Completion 2017
  • System rainscreen
  • Products custom Schüco-System
Oslo Skatehall’s boxy massing is clad with aluminum panels punctured by a surface pattern of Morse code symbols. The patterning produces a literal transcription of the 1978 Norwegian law forbidding the use, sale, and advertising of skateboards. The architects say this ban, which was lifted in 1989, had the intention of preventing serious accidents but did not discourage people from taking up the sport. “When the ban was lifted in 1989 the interest exploded. Skateboarders went from being lawbreakers to celebrities and youth idols.” The Morse code patterning is introduced to the interior of the building as well, in the cafe and service areas, where its message conveys slang terms and tricks used by the skating community. The facade embraces materials and detailing that were purposefully designed for a “simple and crude expression,” said the architects. “There is a raw honesty to the materials selected, which creates variation in the surfaces and structures. Colors and materiality creates a diversified entirety and gives an extra dimension to the angled expression.” The architects say building information modeling (BIM) enabled a highly collaborative design, fabrication, and assembly process. “BIM has enabled all participants in the project to collaborate successfully, from service providers, management teams, contractors and advisors down to the actual users of the facilities, each contributing their individual expertise.” The hall has been constructed in accordance with Passive House standards, with a focus on recycled materials, life-cycle costs (LCC), air circulation, and sustainable energy sources. The end result is an integrated expression of function and space, in which sculptural static spaces for skating must alternate with effective evacuation routes. “Oslo Skatehall is a salute to youthful values, its fully-integrated holistic design oriented towards the future,” the architects concluded. “The interaction of the building mass with the outdoor venues and surrounding park landscape are symbolic of the interaction between different generations of users, both performers and spectators, now and for many years to come.”  
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View the full details about this year’s Oslo Architecture Triennale

Earlier this year,  AN briefly covered what would be going on at this years Oslo Architecture Triennale in Norway. Titled After Belonging, the design festival has now unveiled the participants of the programs that will going on throughout the event. The full calendar can be found here. The Trienniale divides the theme of After Belonging into two parts: the first, On Residence, will “collectively analyze the spatial conditions that shape our ways of staying in transit and the definition of our contemporary spaces of residence.” Meanwhile, In Residence, will see “international architects and professionals concerned with the built environment… engage in local collaborations in Oslo, the Nordic region, and around the globe, to intervene in the transformation of residence.” As well as contributing to the On/In Residence exhibitions, the participants listed will also contribute to the Extended Program; The Academy; The Embassy and the After Belonging Conference.  https://vimeo.com/140888235 Extended Program The Extended Program comprises six projects selected through an "Open Call for Associated Projects" last year. These projects include: ADAPT - Accessible, Affordable, Integrated Housing Strategies in Oslo, Bytopian Breakfast, Counter Borders, Global Spaces of Chinese Labor, Marble of The Opera, and Who lives there. The Academy The Academy is a forum organized by the Oslo School of Architecture and Design AHO which aims to coalesce a selection of schools from across the globe. Here, the schools will engage in discourse relating to the triennale's themes while also reflecting on "new forms of residence, contemporary states of transit, and the ways in which architecture and design are responding to new forms of belonging and belongings." Lectures, workshops, and roundtables will also be set to feature in the program which is due to operate in three phases—"an analytical phase, a critical phase, and a production phase"—all of which will take place over eight days. The aim of The Academy is to produce a a "collective project" being either an "ephemeral structure, a performance, a publication, an action, an exhibition, or a combination of many of those things." The Embassy Conceived and designed by Dutch firm, Studio Jonas Staal, The New World Embassy: Rojava is a stateless embassy that represents, through cultural means, the ideals of “stateless democracy” developed by Kurdish communities of the autonomous region of Rojava, northern-Syria. The New World Embassy: Rojava is a stateless embassy that culturally symbolizes, a “stateless democracy” and its ideals, developed by Kurdish communities of the autonomous region of Rojava in northern-Syria. A temporary installation, the project rethinks "non-state models of political representation through art" while engaging visitors in the "unique cultural and political ideals being developed in this war-torn region." After Belonging Conference The conference will address the primary points if discussion raised at the triennale. "What is architecture’s role in the contemporary reconfiguration of belonging? How has this process transformed the notion of residence? What are the spatial, technical, and sociopolitical consequences of this transformation?" Below is the outline of dates and details of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale programs. After Belonging: On Residence Exhibition, Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture DOGA September 8 – November 27, 2016 After Belonging: In Residence Exhibition, National Museum – Architecture. September 8 – November 27, 2016 After Belonging Conference Oslo Opera House September 9, 2016 Press pass available at oslotriennale.no/konferanse After Belonging: The Objects, Spaces, and Territories of the Ways We Stay in Transit Publication of the Oslo architecture Triennale 2016, published by Lars Müller Launching September 8, 2016 The Academy Forum organized by the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Stenersen Museum September 11-18, 2016 The Embassy New World Embassy – Rojava. Development and programming by Studio Jonas Staal in collaboration with the Communities of Rojava Launching in November, 2016 Extended Program September 8 – November 27, 2016 Below is the full list of participants due to contribute to this years triennale. Adrian Lahoud Ahmet Öğüt & Emily Fahlén Amale Andraos Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation Arjun Appadurai Atelier Bow-Wow Bengler Bouchra Khalili Caitlin Blanchfield, Glen Cummings, Jaffer Kolb, Farzin Lotfi-Jam & Leah Meisterlin Center for Political Beauty Cristina López Uribe Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe) Coralie Gourguechon Deane Simpson Design Earth Didier Fassin Einar Sneve Martinussen & Jørn Knutsen Elisabeth Søiland, Silje Klepsvik & Åsne Hagen Emeka Ogboh Enorme Studio Eriksen Skajaa Architects Eyal Weizman Factory-baked Goods Felicity D. Scott Femke Herregraven FFB First Office Folder Frida Escobedo & Guillermo Ruiz de Teresa Grete Brochman Gro Bonesmo Hu Fang Husos Ijlal Muzaffar Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli Iver Neumann James Bridle James D. Graham Jeffrey Schnapp Jesse LeCavalier Jill Magid John Harwood Juan Herreros Kadambari Baxi, Janette Kim, Meg McLagan, David Schiminovich & Mark Wasiuta Keller Easterling Kër Thiossane with Amadou Kane Sy Khaled Malas Laura Kurgan, Juan Saldarriaga & Angelika Rettberg L.E.FT & Lawrence Abu Hamdan Living Architectures Louise Amoore Lorenzo Pezzani & Charles Heller Luis Callejas & Charlotte Hansson Mabel Wilson Martha Rosler & Pelin Tan Martti Kalliala Merve Bedir Michel Feher Nabil Ahmed & Dámaso Randulfe Negar Azimi Nora Akawi, Nina V. Kolowratnik, Johannes Pointl & Eduardo Rega Matilde Cassani OMA Pa.LaC.E Pamela Karimi Paulo Tavares Paulo Moreira, Ana Naomi de Sousa & Pétur Waldorff Per Heggenes/IKEA Foundation Reinhold Martin ROTOR Ruimteveldwerk estudio SIC | VIC Snøhetta Sputniko! Studio Jonas Staal with the Communities of Rojava Supersudaca Superunion Territorial Agency The State (Rahel Aima, Ahmad Makia, Deepak Unnikrishnan) Thomas Hylland Eriksen Thomas Keenan Transborder Studio Troy Conrad Therrien TYIN Tegnestue Unfold Yasmeen Lari
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What’s going on at this year’s Oslo Architecture Triennale

"What is architecture’s role in the contemporary reconfiguration of belonging? How has this process transformed the notion of residence? What are the spatial, technical, and sociopolitical consequences of this transformation? Where do we belong? [In] relation to the objects we own, share, and exchange—How do we manage our belongings?" These are the questions that this year's Oslo Architecture Triennale (OAT) conference After Belonging hopes to address. The conference will host sixteen guest speakers who will all contribute with different approaches to the questions outlined (above). It will also address questions surrounding refugees, migration, homelessness; new mediated forms of domesticity and foreignness; environmental displacements; tourism; and the technologies and economies of sharing. This year's speakers includeAmale Andraos – Work Architecture Company, Columbia GSAPP; Atelier Bow-WowNegar Azimi – Bidoun; Simen Svale Skogsrud and Even Westvang – Bengler; Gro Bonesmo – Space Group, Oslo School of Architecture and Design; Grete Brochman – University of Oslo; Thomas Hylland EriksenPer Heggenes – IKEA Foundation; Juan Herreros – Estudio Herreros; Yasmeen Lari – Heritage Foundation of Pakistan; Reinhold Martin – Buell Center for American Architecture, Columbia GSAPP; Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli – OMA; SnøhettaTYIN Tegnestue ArchitectsAnn-Sofi Rönnskog and John Palmesino – Territorial Agency and Eyal Weizman – Center for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths The Trienniale divides the theme of After Belonging into two parts: the first, On Residence, will "collectively analyze the spatial conditions that shape our ways of staying in transit and the definition of our contemporary spaces of residence." Meanwhile, In Residence, will see "international architects and professionals concerned with the built environment... engage in local collaborations in Oslo, the Nordic region, and around the globe, to intervene in the transformation of residence." Other agendas for the event are set to focus on "global circulation of people, information, and goods has destabilized what we understand by residence, questioning spatial permanence, property, and identity—a crisis of belonging." The Triennale will also ask: "How can different agents involved in the built environment address the ways we stay in transit? How can architects intervene in the reconfiguration of the contemporary residence?" This year, the OAT will run from September 8 through to November 27, with the After Belonging conference lasting 7 hours on September 9, starting at 9:00 a.m being held at the Oslo Opera House.  
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Five intervention strategies selected for 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale

The Oslo Architecture Triennale (OAT) invited architects and designers to create intervention strategies for five different sites in Scandinavia. Winners were announced January 28. The five different sites selected were: Asylum and Shelter Provision in Torshov; Oslo Border Definition in Oslo Airport Gardermoen; Resource Negotiations in Kirkenes; Transnational Neighborhoods in Tensta, Stockholm; and Home Sharing Platforms in Copenhagen. The five winners are: Modes of Movement Ruimteveldwerk Pieter Brosens, Brecht Van Duppen, Sander Van Duppen, Lene Beelen, Pieter Cloeckaert Antwerp and Brussels, Belgium The goal of this project was to produce a travel guide to Oslo for and by asylum seekers in Torshov Transittmottak, a transit station for unaccompanied minors. Ruimteveldwerk hopes that by encouraging young refugees to discover and share the places that are meaningful to them, they will generate a sense of belonging and community.
OPENtransformation Elisabeth Søiland, Silje Klepsvik, Åsne Hagen Bergen, Norway OPENtransformation’s ambition with this project is to generate an honest, open discussion of hospitality of refugees. The project includes changing policy on organization and subsidy system of refugee housing, by creating new ways for refugees to interact with locals. This includes an app that helps connect refugees to locals, an investigation into the current housing market, and a proposal to create a shared facility for refugees in the city to give them a gathering and meeting place.
Managing Dissidence in Gardermoen Bollería Industrial/Factory-Baked Goods: Paula Currás, Ana Olmedo and Enrique Ventosa Madrid, Spain By highlighting the intense social nature of airports and the odd human behavior that can result from those interactions, this project seeks to explore the uniformity of airports and how it can or cannot create consistent results. The proposal also highlights airport regulations that are not rooted in law and the “increasingly generic experience of travelers in every airport.”
Nature, Labour, Land: A Public Spatial Archive for Kirkenes Nabil Ahmed, Damaso Randulfe London Kirkenes, a northern town in Norway that’s only nine miles from Russia, is already experiencing the geo-political consequences of climate change with its extracted resources and melting ice packs. Ahmed and Randulfe explore a future “transnational eco-political citizenship” with advanced technologies to provoke discussion and offer solutions for Kirkenes and other northern spaces.
Cher Caitlin Blanchfield, Glen Cummings, Jaffer Kolb, Farzin Lotfi-Jam and Leah Meisterlin New York City A pun on “share,” this project ironically extrapolates a sharing economy into the realms of private and public spaces. The jury hopes that the project will stimulate discussions and debates on “styles of being together” and can lead to pilot applications of the concept. The winning teams will spend 2016 and a prize of NOK 150 000 to develop their proposals with the Triennale curators of the After Belonging agency. All five interventions will be displayed and discussed during the Triennale, After Belonging, which opens on September 8, 2016.
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To reduce their carbon footprint, four European cities introduce drastic traffic regulation plans

Amidst the COP21 UN Climate Change Conference, numerous cities announced questionably large goals to reduce carbon emissions. However, Oslo, Stockholm, Amsterdam, and Madrid, have backed their goals with concrete plans for extreme traffic regulation, ranging from a car-free city center in Oslo to free public transportation in Madrid.

Oslo's City Center to Be Car-Free by 2019

On October 19th, Oslo’s newly elected city council announced plans to turn the city center, within Ring 1, car-free by 2019. To do so, at least 37 miles of bicycle infrastructure will be established and protected, and all interfering or free parking spaces will be removed. 

The plan will also include a new metro tunnel and end the extension of E18 to the west. Lastly, motorists will be charged a rush hour fee. Through these bold implementations, the city hopes to halve emissions by 2020 and remove 95 percent of emissions by 2030, as AN covered here. As a first step, the City of Oslo will stop all its investments in companies that produce fossil fuel energy.

Stockholm Royal Seaport to Be Fossil Fuel Free by 2040

Since 1990, the City of Stockholm has lowered emissions by 44 percent, despite being one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. Recently, Stockholm announced a goal to be fossil fuel free by 2040. Stockholm is one of three finalists in the Sustainable Communities category of the C40 Cities Awards. Stockholm's recognized project, Stockholm Royal Seaport, is one of Europe's largest urban development areas and aims to limit carbon dioxide emission below 3,000 pounds per person by 2020. By 2040, Stockholm Royal Seaport is expected to house 12,000 new residential units and 35,000 workspaces, in addition to becoming fossil fuel free.

Amsterdam to Prioritize Local Traffic at the City Center

Earlier this year, the Amsterdam city council agreed on a new design for Muntplein Square, but recent studies reveal traffic in the city center should be limited even further. A car number plate analysis revealed that 20 percent of motorized traffic in the city center is to access surrounding areas, 15 percent is to access areas further outside the city, and 30 percent are just circulating—taxis looking for customers or people in search of parking. The city council therefore agreed to implement further traffic limitations. The new plan will direct unnecessary traffic in the city center to outside roads and prioritize local traffic, creating more space for pedestrians and cyclists. Taxis will experience the largest extension in travel time—roughly six minutes per vehicle each week. Residents and commercial vehicles will have an additional two to three minutes of travel time each week. Although the city council has agreed upon rerouting city center traffic, they will not vote until 2016. If approved, the plan will be implemented before the end of the year.

Madrid to Monitor Air Quality With Strict Traffic Regulations

This year, Madrid received an F, 58 percent, in the Soot Free Cities rankings, and later announced plans to enact some of the most rigorous anti-pollution laws in the world. On days when air quality falls below a designated threshold, half of cars will be banned from the roads, drastic speed limits will be implemented, and public transportation will be free. According to El Pais, these measures would have a daily cost of $2 million, and if monthly and annual transit pass users are refunded for the day, the daily cost would rise to $4.4 million.   Although these numbers are dreading to a city swamped in financial crisis, studies reveal the city’s pollution is responsible for 2000 premature deaths per year, and therefore the matter must be addressed. If these four plans are approved and successfully implemented, their measures may become a pattern across the globe.
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Oslo plans to make its city center free from cars in four years

Norway currently boasts three World Rally Championship drivers (second only to France), all of considerable pedigree, yet its capital city of Oslo is planning to remove cars for good. Along with the proposal to ban cars is the plan to build 37 miles worth of bike lanes by 2019 and a new system for handicap bus services and delivery vehicles. In a bid to reduce pollution, Reuters reported, politicians in Oslo said they want to be the first European capital to implement a comprehensive permanent ban on cars. With a population just under 650,000, Oslo has around 350,000 cars with most owners living outside the center but inside the city's boundaries. Emulating Paris' one day-a-year car ban, Oslo is bucking a trend many fellow European cities are following. Currently Brussels is trialling an eight month traffic circulation program involving the pedestrianization of its boulevards meanwhile the old cities of both Split and Dubrovnik in Croatia are completely car free. Shop owners in Oslo, though, fear the plans will hurt business, though it is worthwhile noting that the city is not banning all vehicles, so delivery trucks and the like will be allowed. Lan Marie Nguyen Berg, lead negotiator for the Green Party in Oslo has said "We want to make it better for pedestrians, cyclists. It will be better for shops and everyone." The plan also outlines the need for significant investment in infrastructure, most notably in public transportation that will have to support the growing number of users. Trials will be run after authorities investigate precedents in other european cities where plans have so far been a success. Aside from a marked reduction in pollution, the change will also make the city a much more appealing place for pedestrians and cyclists, something which the authorities are not alone in trying. According to Gemini, researchers from Scandinavian group SINTEF claim that much needs to be done about Norway's noise problem which is responsible for 150 deaths a year.
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Norwegian Invasion: Norsk design and architecture is having a moment

When the words “Scandinavian Design” come up, most people quickly think about Finland, Sweden, and Denmark. But Norway is no slouch, either. Recently, the nation's designers have been drumming up noise in the worlds of furniture, product design, and architecture. A string of exhibitions, a master plan for New York’s Times Square, and a robust program of roadside pavilions and viewing platforms highlight this Norsk moment. Leading the way are architects Snøhetta, who have been on quite the streak in the last year, most recently gaining commissions to master plan Penn Station and Times Square, just ten blocks from each other in New York. While their Times Square design isn’t the firm's most dramatic work—indeed, it's intended to be a subtle backdrop to the chaotic public space—but it should be a welcome, nuanced addition to the commercial free-for-all that includes Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar. Just a few blocks to the west—towards the Hudson River—the Royal Norwegian Consulate General showed off the country’s design prowess at a recent series of events. At Wanted Design, Calm, Cool and Collected: New Designs from Norway, a booth full of Norsk people and treasures, showcased the subtle use of wood characteristic of Scandinavian design. The up-and-coming studios on display included A-Form, Stokke Austad, Anderssen & Voll, Lars Beller Fjetland, Everything Elevated, Kristine Five Melvær, and Sverre Uhnger. Also sponsored by the Norwegian government was Insidenorway at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), which hosted a group of classic Norwegian brands: Figgjo, Mandal Veveri, Røros Tweed, and VAD. Plates by Figgjo were offered in three styles and featured an elegant flat base and flared edge. Røros Tweed showed off textiles by other famous Norwegians—Anderssen & Voll, Snøhetta, and Bjarne Melgaard. At Collective Design, Oslo- and Tokyo-based Fuglen Gallery showcased an assortment of objects both new and old, alongside work by Norwegian artist Arne Lindaas. The eclectic assortment showed the thematic extension of Norwegian modernism into the 21st century, encompassing much of the iconic work with new, up-and-coming designers. In 2014, Norwegian Icons was curated by Fuglen and Blomqvist at Openhouse Gallery in New York, and showcased the Midcentury design that peaked in Norway around 1950–1970. This exhibition actually continued the tradition of Norway’s promotional shows on the international stage, while also setting up some context for the other shows. It is not just international exhibitions and commissions that have drawn attention to Norway’s strong design culture. The Norwegian Public Roads Administration famously commissions its infrastructure to architects. Across the country, there are points of architectural interest, many of which are located in scenic areas. Most famously, the Trollstigen National Tourist Route has six stunning overlooks. Besides Snøhetta’s iconic designs such as the Oslo Opera House, there are architects like Fantastic Norway and Reiulf Ramstad who are consistently producing top work. At institutions like Fuglen, 0047, and the Oslo School of Architecture & Design, intellectual communities thrive, fostering a strong community of young designers like MMW and Atelier Oslo. The city will get an additional cultural boost during the 2016 Oslo Triennale, curated by New York–based team at After Belonging Agency, a group of five Spanish architects, curators and scholars. Take a look at some of Norway's top new design in the gallery below.    
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Snøhetta to launch a new office in Copenhagen with sensory architecture exhibit

Snøhetta, the New York and Oslo–based firm named after Norway's highest mountain range, is opening an office in Copenhagen. The new space opens on June 18th at the Danish Architecture Centre with an exhibit called World Architecture Snøhetta that invites Danes to come meet the firm. "The core of the exhibition is a sensory workshop where visitors can touch, smell, see, and hear how the many projects develop from concept to concrete work," Snøhetta said in a statement. "In photos and films, visitors are met by the Snøhettas who guide, involve and explain. As something entirely unique, visitors will have the opportunity to step into a virtual model and experience what architects are capable of without the help of technology—namely seeing the physical space on its own." Snøhetta is of course the Big Firm on Campus in Oslo—what, with its popular Opera House and all. Now, it's stepping directly into Bjarke Ingels Group territory, which itself is well known to use mountainous references in its design. But we're sure the two firms will play nice and, who knows, maybe this will result in some cool collaborations.
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Snøhetta Creates Visual Identity for Oslo’s 2022 Winter Games Bid

Snøhetta has created the visual identity for the Oslo’s bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. The design for the main logo takes repetitive, circular forms and casts them in colors inspired by the Olympic rings. These rounded forms appear throughout the city’s application, which is bright and clean. In a statement, the designers said their work “honors the inherent simplicity and openness in Nordic culture," adding, "the identity represents both the celebration of the Games and the solid planning of the Norwegian bid."
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Memory Wounded: How Norway is Remembering the Utøya Massacre

It has been close to three years since a gunman detonated a bomb in Oslo and then stormed a small summer camp off the coast of Norway, killing 77 people and cementing a record as the worst mass shooting in modern memory. The Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg recently won a competition, Memorial Sites After 22 July, to create an official memorial at the sites of the 2011 Norwegian massacres. Dahlberg was unanimously chosen by a group that included representatives of the Labour party and victim support groups. He beat three hundred other entrants including former Turner Prize winner Johnathan Deller. Two memorials will be opened on July 22, 2015—the fourth anniversary of the attacks—with an amphitheater to come at a later date. Dahlberg's design focuses on a memory wound. The designer sliced a 12-foot-wide slit into the Sørbråten peninsula, which faces the island of Utøya where Breivik killed 69 people. It marks a "symbolic wound" in the landscape. The designer was inspired to create this "wound" after visiting the site. "I noticed how different the feeling was of walking outside in nature, compared to the feeling of walking through the rooms of the main building," he explained in a statement. "The experience of seeing the vacant rooms and the traces of extreme violence brought me—and others around me—to a state of profound sadness." But, outside, things felt different, as though nature was already in regeneration. "Although we stood directly on the very place where many people had lost their lives, nature had already begun to obscure all traces," he said.

He came up with an idea rather than building a traditional monument he would focus on nature itself by creating 70-foot-wide gap carved out of the island, separating the headland from the main island.

"The design physically relates to the interruption that occurred in the everyday life flow of Norwegian society," he said. "Yet it is indeed everyday life that must carry on."

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Snøhetta’s Lacy Envelope in Oslo’s Barcode District

A custom designed, prefabricated panel system of white aluminum and glass brings a softer aesthetic to a new development in Norway.

For the Barcode district in Norway—a new, mixed-use high-rise development along the waterfront in central Oslo—the architectural arm of design firm Snøhetta recently completed a 215,000-square-foot building. Two retail levels and 12 levels of workspace for real estate firm Deloitte are wrapped in a prefabricated aluminum and triple-glazed glass facade. Designed to establish a new presence in the Oslo skyline, the firm developed the facade to stand out within the guidelines of the rectilinear master plan and maintains the overall rhythm of the district’s high rises. Where most of the new buildings in Barcode feature rectangular volumes with facades that reach the ground levels, the Deloitte Office Building rests on a glass plinth that connects interior retail spaces to the ground level. The building’s atrium is expressed through a perpendicular intervention of transparent glass at ground level that twists diagonally to nearly 45 degrees at the top. In addition to greater penetration of natural light, it also allows office views to the city’s public streetscapes, and the fjord approximately 100 yards away. In concert with the lacey aluminum facade, the diagonal volume softens the building’s impact. “It’s been said our building looks more like a lace dress on a woman next to all the ‘male’ buildings,” said Marianne Sætre, Snøhetta’s lead architect on the project.
  • Facade Manufacturer FLEX, Schüco
  • Architects/Consultants Snøhetta, Schüco
  • Location Oslo, Norway
  • Date of Completion 2013
  • System custom white aluminum-and-glass panel system
Working with engineers from facade manufacturer FLEX and German envelope consultancy Schüco, the team developed a total of 650 aluminum profiles—350 of which were unique. “We were trying to develop a system that provided an opportunity to work with the surface instead of floor-to-floor decks and bands of windows,” explained Sætre. To achieve the desired sculptural quality, a hand-drawn geometry that expresses light dappled through a tree canopy was divided into rectangular and tessellated shapes. The geometry is essentially the same but is flipped horizontally and vertically to avoid repetition. Each panel measures 6 ¾ feet by 12 feet. The height is defined by the deck-to-deck ratio, and the patterning on each panel is scaled to accommodate minor variations in programming height. The metallic components on the facade are made from white aluminum, to minimize reflectivity. “We wanted the aluminum to be more matte, like snow,” said Sætre. The glass is also treated with a pearlescent finish to produce a glimmering quality. In total, the panel system reflects 23 percent of outside light and transmits 44 percent of natural light. The prefabricated panels were optimized for maximum performance with three layers of glazing for a U-value of 0.6. The challenge of eliminating leakage from panel joints was mitigated by a proprietary locking system that, with the help of pre-installed gaskets, covers each split. Each panel also has an overlapping profile that connects the neighboring panel with the deck lock.