Sørum Gård

Tradition Sørum Gård dates from the Viking era. The farm consists of multiple log buildings, responding to the needs: two dwellings, a barn, a brewery, a storage house and a potato cellar. Around 1880 the farmers reduced crop cultivation to keeping cattle. Therefore the threshing…

Surface as an Experiment

Empty, raw and misty space. Høyblokken. All is left is pure structure. The rough concrete ceilings, the colossal pilotis, the abstract sandblasted, wall-fixed art and the Conglo-concrete floor. No windows, partition walls, flooring, fixtures, air-ducts, furniture, equipment, office supplies and people. This “prenatal” version of the building, being…

Hypnotising Centres of the War Space

The only very recent advancements in aviation and long-range artillery, massively changed the nature of the architecture within the military space and the war zone. What was once the simple geometric organisation of the landscape with its ditches, embankments, towers and zigzag trenches, no longer…

Ålhytta, the prefabricated cabins since 1966

The Ålhytta project was the result of a competition won in 1966 by Lund & Slaatto, organized by the Ålhytta company, based in the city of Ål (in the county of Buskerud). It consisted of proposing a prefabricated cabin that could be developed all around the country, and adapted…

Nordseter Fjellkirke

Despite Erling Viksjø’s importance as a Norwegian architect, his 1964 Nordseter Fjellkirke remains almost unknown. This post aims to be a brief over-view of the building as there are currently very few resources available for the curious. The church is a church. Nothing more, nothing…

Wenche Selmer, Romanticism or Pragmatism?

Wenche Selmer was a Norwegian architect born in the 1920’s. Her teacher and inspiration was architect Knut Knutsen which may say a lot about her way of building houses. Many of her projects are located in the South West coast of Norway. Two characteristic features of her architecture…

Norges Bank, a masterpiece made by the rule

From the site to the detail, from the grid to the diagonal, Norges Bank is considered by many to be Lund & Slaatto’s masterpiece. A building made for its own plot, the perfect building –all by the rule, everything fits perfectly. The building sits in the inner city center…