Category: Analysis

Comprehensive post about a work or author.

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…

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…

Mjelgaron – the portable house of your dreams

Håkon Mjelva, 1961 The intention of the summer house Mjelgaron was to be the architectural version of a ready-to-assemble IKEA-furniture piece: a reasonably priced, flat package with a bunch of pieces you yourself have to put together. The entire house was supposed to be loaded…

Social housing in Oslo

As described by the Oxford dictionary social housing is, “Housing provided for people on low incomes or with particular needs by government agencies or non-profit organizations.” But we haven’t always had social housing. In fact it was only until the industrial revolution that many European countries…