Striving for Objectivity

The primal action of digging into the ground is about a persistent tension between the worker and the soil. At the beginning there is only a working plan, an abstract scheme of what and where, and the mountain, a mute surface, showing nothing more than…

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter – A mysterious plan

The archive holding the initial drawings for Henie Onstad Kunstsenter is lost, the only documents remaining are plans, an interview published in Byggekunst and some pictures. With only a few explanations about the design of the exhibitions rooms, the experimental plan appears like a mystery.…

The Ornamental Potential of Concrete

Elkemhuset, designed by architect Erling Viksjø, is a remarkable building for its experimental use of material. When its construction was initiated in the 1960s the use of aluminium as a facade material and silicon metal as an aggregate in concrete was considered pioneering within Europe.1…

Botsfengselet

The Oslo prison, Botsfengselet was built in the nineteenth-century by the architect Heinrich Ernst Schirmer, and opened it’s doors to 230 male inmates in 1851. The building was located in an agricultural area surrounding Kristiania but well-connected to the city center by Gronlandsleiret. Today, due to…

VILLA NORRKÖPING

In 1963 Sverre Fehn designed this Villa in Norrköping. It was part of several architectural competitions which took place in Denmark, Finland and Sweden. Six dwellings were built, but only Sverre Fehn’s (also called Villa number 3) achieved a result which was not a simple…