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12 July 2024

Callum Innes Art Installation at the Facade of Lysverket, Bergen

Callum Innes Art Installation at the Facade of Lysverket, Bergen, Norway
photo courtesy of EFLA | Kevan Shaw Lighting Design

The Art Installation at the facade of Lysverket enriches the KODE collection while gifting art, light and colour to Bergen and its visitors. Three panels on an otherwise blind facade of the building are illuminated with a sequence of coloured forms. Callum Innes conceptualised the piece and determined the sequence of patterns and colours.

Technically the artwork was developed by EFLA | Kevan Shaw Lighting Design.

We intended that the light sources should be invisible. The artwork creates more than an illumination of a flat area. The texture of the walls becomes a working surface with the same variation found in choosing canvas, board, linen or paper to apply paint. The installation is located adjacent to the lake in the city centre affording long views amplified by reflections in the water, and intimate views from the path adjacent to the building.

Callum Innes Art Installation at the Facade of Lysverket, Bergen
photograph courtesy of EFLA | Kevan Shaw Lighting Design

The pattern changes on one of the three panels every 3 minutes with a seamless, smooth transition. If you glance at it as you walk along the lake side, each time you look it will have changed so you might wonder if you saw something different the last time you looked at it.

Each evening the piece is switched on exactly at sunset with the colours intensifying as the dusk falls. In winter it will switch on at 6AM and off at sunrise with the dawn slowly washing the colours away.

This project was nominated and won the Silver Award in the Lighting category for the Scottish Design Awards 2024.

EFLA | Kevan Shaw Lighting Design, 13 Great King Street, Edinburgh EH3 6QW, United Kingdom.

1 May 2024
Norsk Retreat, Drammen, Norway
Architects: Atelier Architecture & Design
Norsk Retreat Drammen Norway
image : AA+D & Atelier Replica
Norsk Retreat Drammen
Norsk Retreat is set in the hilly lake region north of Drammen fjord, in Norway, Atelier Architecture & Design’s concept for a nature retreat uses innovative design and construction to cause minimal disruption to the pristine landscape, providing its users with maximum exposure to a natural environment.

10 January 2024
Bergen ByArena and Development Plan, Bergen, western Norway
Design: C.F. Møller Architects
Bergen ByArena and Development Plan Norway
image : by SORA IMAGES
Bergen ByArena and Development Plan
State-of-the-art multi-arena in the centre of Bergen with capacity for 12,000 guests. The arena and conference hotel are an integral part of the Nygårdstangen development plan.

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27 July 2023
Toneheim Folkehøgskole, Hamar
Architects: ASAS arkitektur
Toneheim Folkehoegskole Hamar Norway
photos by Fredrik Myhre, Ola Spangen, Niklas Hart – ASAS arkitektur
Toneheim Folkehøgskole
ASAS arkitektur introduces a new student housing project, built to replace existing housing at Toneheim Folkehøgskole, just outside the city of Hamar, Norway. The small wooden village has been erected around a common yard, which is a Norwegian traditional typology called “tun”. The new village-like structure is vernacular and deeply rooted in the site and history.

14 June 2023
The Treetop Walk, Hamaren Activity Park, Fyresdal
Architects: EFFEKT
The Treetop Walk Fyresdal Norway
photo : Rasmus Hjortshøj
The Treetop Walk, Norway
The Treetop Walk is a one kilometer long and two meters wide plank boardwalk extends on pillars all the way from the forest floor, along lake Fyresvatn, up between the treetops, along the mountain ridge and up to the summit of Klokkarhamaren. At the end of the trail, a considerable circular viewpoint with a diameter of 50 meters provides a spectacular 360-degree view over the pine forest, clear lakes and rock formation that make up the natural landscape.

19 Aug 2022
Ski Tower, Akershus, Southern Norway
Ski Tower Akershus Southern Norway Housing
photos : Kyrre Sundal and Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
Ski Tower, Akershus Southern Norway Housing
The new high quality housing project, Ski Tower, in Magasinparken offers innovative apartments sheltered in a new green neighborhood in Ski Vest, Norway.

7 June 2022
The Plus, Magnor, Eidskog Municipality, Innlandet county
Architects: Bjarke Ingels Group – BIG
The Plus Building by BIG in Magnor - Norwegian Architecture News
photo : Einar Aslaksen
The Plus Building by BIG in Magnor
Norwegian furniture manufacturer Vestre and BIG celebrate the opening of THE PLUS – a new furniture factory, experience center, and 300-acre public park. The colorful manufacturing village is dedicated to the cleanest, carbon-neutral fabrication of urban furniture, leading the way for manufacturing facilities and high-efficiency production of the future.

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10 Dec 2021
Villa Aa, Oslo Fjord
Design: C.F. Møller Architects
Villa Aa, Oslo Fjord

3 Dec 2021
Oslo Science City, central Oslo, southern Norway
Architects: Bjarke Ingels Group – BIG with a-lab
Oslo Science City Building by BIG, Norway
picture courtesy of architects office
Oslo Science City Building by BIG
Anchored in the City of Oslo’s 2019 “Strategy for the Development of the Knowledge Capital”, the new 1.4 million m2 Oslo Science City will create a physical framework for Norway’s innovation environment of estimated 150,000 scientists, students, entrepreneurs, and contribute to the country’s transition to renewable energy.

22 Oct 2021
Munch’s Cliffhanger
Munch Museum Oslo, Stenersen - Norwegian Architecture News
photo courtesy of architects office
Edvard Munch’s life and artwork made for the most spectacular stories in the world:
Munch Museum Oslo Building

27 Aug 2021
Powered by Ulsteinvik
Design: Kaleidoscope Nordic
Powered by Ulsteinvik West Norway
image : KVANT-1 and Kaleidoscope Nordic
Powered by Ulsteinvik, West Norway
The project was selected from over a hundred nominations worldwide as the Architectural model/Render category winner. Imagining the future of architecture and urban form is an important aspect of how Kaleidoscope works, and it is an honor to be recognized for this.

27 May 2021
New Kristiansund Opera and Culture Centre
Design: C. F. Møller Architects
Kristiansund Operahouse and Culture Centre, Norway
image : C.F. Møller Architects (
Kristiansund Operahouse and Culture Centre
At the very heart of Kristiansund, C.F. Møller Architects has designed the city’s next cultural hub – the combined location of various different cultural institutions that will vitalise the street environment and create a new urban meeting place for the general public.

9 Apr 2021
Hillside Home, near Oslo
Design: Derlick Architects
Hillside Home near Oslo

27 Jan 2021
Floating Sauna, Tromsø Harbour, Troms county, Northern Norway
Design: Skapa Architects
Norwegian Architecture News - Floating Sauna Tromso Harbour
photo : David Jensen
Floating Sauna Tromsø Harbour
Floating Sauna in Tromsø Harbour is a place where locals and visitors have space to breathe, disconnect from the world whilst connecting with each other.

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Norwegian Architecture News in 2020

9 Dec 2020
Paper House, Moss
Paper House, Moss

12 Nov 2020
Domen Viewpoint, Northeast Norway
Design: Biotope
Domen Viewpoint Norway
photograph : Tormod Amundsen / Biotope
Domen Viewpoint in Northeast Norway
Located overlooking the Barents Sea, this bold viewpoint has opened to tourists visiting the interesting destination. The sustainably designed building provides much-needed shelter from the harsh arctic climate.

29 Oct 2020
Energy Positive Powerhouse, Telemark
Architects: Snøhetta
Powerhouse Telemark Building Norwegian Architecture News
photo © Ivar Kvaal
Energy Positive Powerhouse Telemark
A sustainable model for the future of workspaces. The energy sector and building industry account for over 40% of global industry’s heat-trapping emissions combined.

31 Oct 2020
Ibsen Library, Skien, Vestfold og Telemark county, southern Norway
Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Ibsen Library Skien
image © MIR
Ibsen Library Skien
The Ibsen Library is the result of a desire to make Ibsen’s drama and literature accessible to everyone. Skien municipality also has bold ambitions regarding Ibsen Library’s contribution to the maintenance and development of democracy, as an arena of inclusion, openness, and integration of art as a resource in society.

26 Oct 2020
New FRAM Museum Building, Oslo
Architects: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter (RRA)
New Fram Museum Oslo
image Courtesy architecture office
New FRAM Museum, Oslo
“Framtid” (Future) will be the next extension to the FRAM Museum, dedicated to polar exploration and environmental education. The result of an invited architectural competition, our proposal will propel the museum towards the future with a simple idea: that architecture exemplifies how we care for our environment.

15 Oct 2020
Sweco acquires Norwegian TAG Arkitekter

Sweco has signed an agreement to acquire TAG Arkitekter, thereby establishing an architectural business in the Norwegian market. Through the acquisition, TAG Arkitekter will become part of Europe’s leading provider of integrated architectural and technical consulting services.

The acquisition is in line with Sweco’s growth strategy to establish a leading position in all core markets and in all service areas where the company operates. Sweco started as an architectural firm in 1958 and has grown out of the conviction of the strength of combining architectural and engineering consulting services.

“I am very happy and proud that TAG Arkitekter is becoming a part of Sweco, ensuring that we can offer our clients in Norway fully integrated architectural and technical consultancy services”, says Åsa Bergman President and CEO of Sweco.

TAG Arkitekter, with its 95 employees, is mainly active within the real estate and landscape architecture segments. The company has offices in Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim. TAG Arkitekter has had strong growth over the last ten years achieving a revenue of MNOK 113 in 2019.

“With its prize-winning designs and a strong focus on urban development, TAG is the ideal partner now that Sweco is establishing its own architecture division in Norway. We are looking forward to TAG becoming part of Sweco,” says Grete Aspelund, President of Sweco Norway.

“Partnerships between disciplines permit us to design the homes and residential environments of the future. We are now looking forward to being part of one of the world’s biggest specialists in sustainable urban development,” says Lars Eirik Ulseth, CEO of TAG Arkitekter.

Sweco is one of the leading companies within architecture in the world with approximately 1,300 architects and landscape architects. Sweco Norway has a revenue of MNOK 2,424 (2019) with 26 offices and 1,630 employees.

29 Sep 2020
Skigard Hytte, Kvitfjell, Lillehammer
Design: Mork-Ulnes Architects
Skigard Hytte Kvitfjell Lillehammer - Norwegian Architecture News
photography : Bruce Damonte
Skigard Hytte, Kvitfjell, Lillehammer
Casper and Lexie Mork-Ulnes complete a mountain cabin for themselves and their children in Kvitfjell, a ski resort in Norway that was developed for the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. This new Norwegian building is perched upon the ledge of a steep mountain, and frames panoramic views of the valley and river below.

5 Aug 2020
Senja Cabin, Senja, Troms og Finnmark county
Architects: Bjørnådal Arkitektstudio
Senja Cabin Northern Norway
photography : Hans-Petter Bjørnådal
Senja Cabin in Northern Norway
The cabin is located in Senja at 69° north in Norway surrounded by majestic mountains, magical fjords with thriving fishing villages, holding on to narrow bits of land between mountains and ocean. The National Tourist Route leads you on a 10 mil long journey along with one of the finest landscapes, with spectacular points of view and several exciting detours.

8 July 2020
Pilestredet 77/79, Fagerborg, Oslo
Architects: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
Pilestredet 77/79 Oslo by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
photography : Ivar Kvaal
Pilestredet 77/79
The project has been developed on a very site-specific approach. It has elaborated solutions, that primarily refer to the historical context of the neighborhood of Fagerborg. The project unites tradition and innovation in a carefully reflected way and provide good homes that will help to form a qualitative neighborhood.

1 July 2020
The Plus Furniture Factory, Magnor
Architects: BIG
The Plus Furniture Factory Magnor Norway
image © Lucian R
The Plus Furniture Factory, Magnor
Together with Vestre, the Norwegian manufacturer of urban furniture, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group unveils The Plus as the world’s most sustainable furniture factory tucked in the heart of the Norwegian forest.

29 Feb 2020
Outdoor Care Hospital Retreats, Oslo
Architects: Snøhetta
Outdoor Care Retreats Oslo
photography © Kebony
Outdoor Care Retreats in Oslo
Located in verdant woodland just a stone’s throw from the entrance of Norway’s largest hospital, two sensitively designed wooden shelters are aspiring to make hospitalisation easier and more comfortable for patients and their families.

27 Feb 2020
Trondheim Central Station, northern Norway
Design: Arkitema Architects
Sustainable Central Station Trondheim Norwegian Architecture News
image © Arkitema Architects
Trondheim Central Station Building
The winning entry in the architectural competition for the design of the new Trondheim Station has been chosen. Arkitema Architects has designed the new station building, which will be constructed across the tracks in a central location in Trondheim, northern Norway.

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Norway Architectural Designs in 2019

10 Nov 2019
Solberg Tower & Rest Area, Sarpsborg, Østfold
Design: Saunders Architecture
Solberg Tower Rest Area Sarpsborg - Norwegian Architecture News
photo : Bent Rene Synnevaag
Solberg Tower & Rest Area Sarpsborg
Sarpsborg is a green, flat and calm piece of South Norway and a traditional stopover for travellers on the route to and from Sweden. In 2004, the Norwegian Highway Department together with the Regional Government approached Saunders for a new project in the area; uniquely however, without having predetermined the commission’s particular needs.

20 Sep 2019
The Twist at Kistefos, Jevnaker Museum
Architects: BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
The Twist at Kistefos, Jevnaker Museum, Oslo - Norwegian Architecture News
photo : Laurian Ghinitoiu
The Twist at Kistefos, Jevnaker Museum

19 Jun 2019
Peace Bench Oslo
Architects: Snøhetta
Peace Bench at Nobel Peace Center Oslo - Norwegian Architecture News
photo : Laurian Ghinitoiu
Peace Bench at Nobel Peace Center, Oslo
The Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, has commissioned a new art piece. Designed by Snøhetta and created in partnership with collaborators Hydro and Vestre, the Peace Bench, entitled The Best Weapon, will be first unveiled at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City on Nelson Mandela Day, July 18th. The installation will remain at the Headquarters’ plaza through September, when the plan is to transfer it to Oslo and a permanent location near the Nobel Peace Center and the Oslo City Hall.

17 Jun 2019
The Twist, Jevnaker, Oslo,
Architects: BIG
The Twist Museum in Jevnaker Oslo - Norwegian Architecture News
The new museum building, The Twist, at Kistefos, Norway. Courtesy BIG
image Courtesy architecture office
The Twist Museum in Jevnaker, Oslo Building
Kistefos has announced its new museum designed by award-winning architecture practice BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, which will open to the public on 18 September 2019. Set within the existing museum and sculpture park complex on a woodland estate at Jevnaker near Oslo, Norway, the building named The Twist will host an international programme of contemporary art exhibitions beginning with ‘Hodgkin and Creed – Inside Out’ from 18 September to 17 November.

10 Jan 2019
Daytrip Cabin, Hammerfest, Finnmark, North Norway
Architects: SPINN Arkitekter (Norway) and Format Engineers (UK)
Daytrip Cabin in Hammerfest - Norwegian Architecture News
image : SPINN Architects
New Hammerfest Building

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5 Dec 2018
Fornebubanen Metro Line Stations
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects and A_Lab
Fornebubanen Metro Line Stations in Oslo
image © VA
Fornebubanen Metro Line Station Buildings
Zaha Hadid Architects and A_Lab win the architectural competition to design the Fornbuporten and Fornebu Senter stations, two of the six stations planned for the new Fornebubanen metro line in Oslo.

13 Nov 2018
Holmen Industrial Area, Vesterålen, Nordland county, Northern Norway
Architects: Snøhetta
Holmen Industrial Area in Vesteralen Norway
photograph © Stephen Citrone
Holmen Industrial Area in North Norway

24 Sep 2018
Hadar’s House in Stokkøya, Trøndelag County
Design: Frida Öster, Asante Architecture & Design
Hadar's House in Stokkøya, Åfjord, Trøndelag County
photograph : Marius Rua
Stokkøya House

14 Sep 2018
Oslo Architecture Triennale Autumn Program 2018

21 Jun 2018
Huntonstranda, Gjøvik, Norway
Architects: URBAN POWER
Huntonstranda in Gjovik Norwegian Architecture News
image Courtesy architecture office
The city of Gjøvik between Oslo and Lillehammer is facing a comprehensive transformation. With new coastal barriers the city is preparing to expand with new residential areas and a new cultural center.

24 Apr 2018
Two-in-One House, Ekeberglia
Architects: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
New House in Ekeberglia

20 Mar 2018
Birdwatching Tower, Askøy, Hordaland county, western Norway
Architects: LJB
Birdwatching Tower in Askoy Norway
photography: Anders E. Johnsson
Birdwatching Tower in Askøy
Comprised of two public floors, the tower was designed to provide a 360 degree perspective from the viewing platform on the top floor which rises seven metres above an abandoned airfield, now transformed into the perfect nesting ground for birds.

14 Mar 2018
Slipway Housing Complex, Mandal, Vest-Agder county, southern Norway
Design: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
Slipway Housing Complex in Mandal - Norwegian Architecture News
photograph : Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
Slipway Housing Complex in southern Norway
The project is ‘iconic’ with its unique roof forms and minimal window details, while at the same time evoking the character of the local surroundings, taking its inspiration from the unique character of Mandal: the encounter between timber construction and the open sea. The architecture is steeped in local vernacular building traditions, but with a new and modern interpretation.

8 Mar 2018
Oslo Airport City
Design: Haptic Architects and Nordic – Office of Architecture
Oslo Airport City in Norway
image © Forbes Massie_Haptic_OAC
Oslo Airport City
The 4 million sq. metres city, is set to be powered entirely by renewable energy, served by electric vehicles and will take 30 years to build. The scheme is being developed by Norwegian development vehicle Oslo Airport City.

New Avinor Oslo Airport Building, Norway
Design: Nordic-Office of Architecture
New Avinor Oslo Airport, Norway
photo © Avinor Oslo lufthavn/Sune Eriksen
New Oslo Airport, Norway

8 Mar 2018
Hemsedal Suites, Hemsedal, Buskerud county, central-southern Norway
Architects: HR Prosjekt
Hemsedal Suites in Norway - Norwegian Architecture News
photo : Per Erik Jæger
Hemsedal Suites, Norway
Providing the perfect family getaway, Hemsedal’s apartments are furnished with fantastic facilities including a climbing wall and sports restaurant. For HRP, the interaction between the building and the ski slope was an essential component of this design; evidenced in the building’s roof which is a particularly impressive facet that has been carefully considered from initial concept through to completion.

20 Feb 2018
Gjøvik House, Mjøsa Lake
Design: Norm Architects
Gjøvik House near Oslo

12 Feb 2018
Svart Powerhouse* hotel, Holandsfjorden Fjord – the World’s First Energy Positive Hotel Concept Above the Arctic Circle
Architects: Snøhetta
Svart Powerhouse Hotel - Norwegian Architecture News
image : Snøhetta / Plompmozes
Svart Powerhouse* hotel on Holandsfjorden Fjord
The first building to be built after the energy positive Powerhouse standard in a Northern climate. Not only does this new hotel reduce its yearly energy consumption by approximately 85% compared to a modern hotel, but it also produces its own energy – an absolute “must” in this precious arctic environment, the architects say.

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