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Norwegian Architecture : Buildings in Norway

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post updated 14 May 2023

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Architecture in Norway

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Norwegian Architecture. We cover completed buildings, new building designs and architecture competitions across Norway. The focus is on contemporary Norwegian buildings but information on traditional Nordic buildings is also welcome.

Norwegian Architecture News

We have 5 pages of Norwegian Architecture selections.

Norwegian Architecture : news + key projects (this page)

Norwegian Building Developments : A-G

Norwegian Building Designs : H-M

Norwegian Architecture Designs : N-R

Norwegian Buildings : S-Z

Norway Architecture News

Oslo Architecture Walking Tours
Oslo Architecture Walking Tours – launched
Oslo is the capital of Norway and is located in the south of the country. Probably the most celebrated contemporary Norwegian building is the Oslo Operahouse. Other major architecture in Oslo includes the Norwegian Museum of Architecture, the The munch museum and stenersen museum collections and the Bislett Stadium building.

Norwegian Buildings – Latest Designs

Norway Building Developments, chronological:

27 Aug 2021
Powered by Ulsteinvik
Design: Kaleidoscope Nordic
Powered by Ulsteinvik Norwegian Architecture
image : KVANT-1 and Kaleidoscope Nordic
Powered by Ulsteinvik, West Norway

29 Oct 2020
Energy Positive Powerhouse, Telemark
Architects: Snøhetta
Powerhouse Telemark Building - Norwegian Architecture
photo © Ivar Kvaal
Energy Positive Powerhouse Telemark

28 Jun 2017
Norwegian Architecture Export

Norwegian Architecture Across Borders
image courtesy of architects

“Norwegian Architecture is unique, sought after and innovative. Norwegian Architects are renowned to use sustainable materials and provide means that are both social and aesthetic. This program enables more people to get their eyes on Norwegian architecture,“ Tor Inge Hjemdal, Director of Architecture in DOGA, the Norwegian Association for Design and Architecture.

Seven Norwegian companies selected to participate in a public pilot project that aims to export Norwegian architecture across national borders. Through its funding, the program will strengthen the international competitiveness of the Norwegian architectural industry and contribute to increased exports.

20 Sep 2016
Breiavatnet Lanterna, Stavanger, south western Norway
Design: schmidt hammer lassen architects with SJ Arkitekter
New Stavanger Building - Norwegian Architecture
image from architect
New Building in Stavanger
This new Norwegian building will be situated near the Central Station on a site next to the future “Tivoliparken” which will be an inviting green city park for pedestrians, providing new lines of connections in the surrounding neighbourhood and to the city.

20 Sep 2016
Norwegian Mountaineering Center, Åndalsnes, Møre og Romsdal, north west Norway
Design: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
Norwegian Mountaineering Center Building
photograph © Fotograf André
Norwegian Mountaineering Center Building

7 May 2013
Madla Revheim Masterplan, Stavenger, southwestern Norway
Design: MVRDV + Space Group
Madla Revheim Masterplan Norway
image from architects
Madla Revheim Masterplan
Alongside three other teams, MVRDV and Space Group presented their proposal for a new masterplan for Madla-Revheim outside Stavanger, Norway this week. Madla-Revheim is the main development area outside Stavanger, for which MVRDV and Space Group were to implement 4000 housing units on the 780 acres site area, in addition to public programs and sports facilities.

30 Apr 2013
Seljord Watchtower, Telemark
Design: Rintala Eggertsson Architects
Seljord Watchtower Norway building design
photo : Dag Jenssen
Seljord Watchtower
The myth about a sea serpent in the lake of Seljord has become an integral part of how the local people of Telemark conceive their majestic landscape. Tales about mysterious phenomena in the lake have flourished for centuries and are a natural part of the daily life in the area.

15 Apr 2013
Signal Mediahus, Oslo, southern Norway
Design: Space Group
Signal Mediahus Oslo Building
photo : Vegard Kleven
Signal Mediahus Norway
Refurbishment of the former industrial building designed by architects Ove Ekman and Einar Smith and completed 1899. This area along the Akers River was historically referred to as Ny York (New York) due to its explosive development in 1858.

28 Feb 2013
Clarion Hotel & Congress, Trondheim, northern Norway
Architects: Space Group
Norwegian Architecture - Clarion Hotel Building Norway
photo : Peter Hebeisen
Clarion Hotel & Congress Trondheim
The hotel bears references to the local city fabric of Trondheim in the combination between the large structural lines and the small intimate ‘ally’. The hotel becomes a landmark without front or backside – but oriented towards the city and the fjord for optimal views in all directions.

26 Feb 2013
Straume Architecture Competition, Fjell, west Norway – winners
Design: Haptic Architects / NORDIC – Office of Architecture / Gross.Max Landscape architects
Straume Competition Norway Fjell Building
image : MIR
Straume Architecture Competition
London and Oslo based Haptic Architects and NORDIC – Office of Architecture, in collaboration with Gross.Max Landscape architects, have won the competition to create a new urban centre and a public square in Straume. Straume, in the municipality of Fjell, is located on the west coast of Norway, near Bergen. This architectural competition was commissioned by Sartor Holding.

13 Dec 2012
DNB Bank Headquarters, Oslo, Norway – completion news
DNB Bank Building Oslo - Norwegian Architecture
photo : Jiri Havran
DNB Bank Headquarters Oslo
The MVRDV designed main building has 17 unique floors and a surface of 36,500m2. The pixelated volume based on small-scale working units adapts to the various influences of the urban context, combining an efficient and flexible internal organisation with a variety of specific communal spaces such as the main entrance lobby, a transparent trading floor, a sheltered public passage, respect for urban view lines and collective terraces overlooking the fjord to the south.

28 Sep 2012
Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo
Design: Renzo Piano Building Workshop / Narud Stokke Wiig architects
Astrup Fearnley Museum Oslo
image © Nic Lehoux
Astrup Fearnley Museet Norway
The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Contemporary Art is to reopen on 29 September in Tjuvholmen, the newest arts district of Oslo. Previously located at Dronningensgtate 4 for 18 years, the privately owned museum is now part of the new Icon Complex, developed by Selvaag Gruppen and Aspelin-Ramm Gruppen, and designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Narud Stokke Wiig architects.

19 Sep 2012
Sogn & Fjordane Art Museum, Førde, western Norway
C. F. Møller
Sogn & Fjordane Art Museum Building
picture : Oddleiv Apneseth
Sogn & Fjordane Art Museum
The small Norwegian town of Førde draws its qualities from its interaction with the surrounding mountains, which are visible everywhere, and from Jostedalsbreen, the largest glacier on the European mainland, which lies in close proximity to the town. The town’s new museum, Sogn & Fjordane Kunstmuseum also draws upon the distinctive landscape for its architectural expression: the museum lies like a crystal-clear block of ice that has slid down from the surrounding mountains.

2 Jul 2012
Selvika, Havøysund, Finnmark, western Norway
Design: Reiulf Ramstad Architects
Selvika Havøysund Finnmark Norway Structure
photograph © Reiulf Ramstad Architects
The initial approach was to single out and magnify the experience of walking from the roadside down to the seaside at this very special place. Therefore a main concern was to slow down this movement and make the path itself a means of refocusing the experiential mode: a measured, restrained approach that creates awareness.

3 Jul 2012
Fagerborg Kindergarten, Oslo
Reiulf Ramstad Architects
Fagerborg Kindergarten Norwegian Architecture
photo © Thomas Bjørnflaten
Fagerborg Kindergarten Oslo
Reiulf Ramstad Architects has been involved in designing a new kindergarten for Fagerborg Congregation in central Oslo. The kindergarten offers 2 units for children between 1-3 years old and 2 units for children between 3-6 years old.

Norway Buildings – Recent Designs

3 May 2012
Buen, Mandal, southern Norway
3XN Architects
Mandal Building - Norwegian Architecture
photo © Adam Mørk
Buen Mandal
Historic white wooden houses, charming narrow streets, a river running though the center and beach and forest nearby. The town of Mandal is the essence of southern Norwegian idyll. Danish practice, 3XN, has designed the town’s new cultural center, a project which required great sensitivity to the town’s special environment.

20 Apr 2012
Kilden Performing Arts Centre, Kristiansund, southern Norway
ALA Architects with SMS Arkitekter
Kilden Norwegian Architecture
picture : Tuomas Uusheimo
Kilden, a theatre and concert hall building in Kristiansand, Norway, has brought together all the city’s institutions of performing arts. Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra now has a concert hall accommodating 1200 attendees. Agder Theater, a regional group, is performing in a theater with a capacity of 700. The theater hall can be transformed to accommodate opera performances to house the ensemble Opera South.

19 Apr 2012
Modern cabin-project ‘GJ-9’, Bjergøy, south west Norway
Gudmundur Jonsson Arkitektkontor
GJ-9 Bjergøy Hytte Bjergøy
photo : Jiri Havran
Modern Cabin Norway
The Cabin is designed for adaption to multiple settings not taking any particular site into consideration, being a product for mass-production distribution.
The general idea is to establish a Cabin-concept that favours a nice landscape setting with the need of appreciating a wonderful view.

Norwegian Building – Major Design

Oslo Operahouse – cultural building
Architects: Snøhetta
Norwegian Operahouse
photo : Statsbygg
Norwegian Operahouse

Selection of Norwegian Architecture

Norway Building Designs, alphabetical:

Bodø Nye Kulturhus – Norwegian contest
Winners – DRDH; General Architecture; LRZ
Norwegian Architecture Competition
picture from DRDH
Bodø Nye Kulturhus – Norwegian Architecture Competition

Eco Cube, Oslo, southern Norway
Eco Cube
picture : a-lab
Eco Cube

Holmenkollen Ski Jump Design
Julien de Smedt Architects
Norwegian Ski Jump
picture from JDS
Norwegian Ski Jump

Juvet Landscape Hotel, Gudbrandsjuvet
Jensen & Skodvin Arkitektkontor
Juvet Landscape Hotel
image : Jensen & Skodvin Architects
Juvet Landscape Hotel

Knut Hamsun Center
Design: Steven Holl Architects
Knut Hamsun building
picture from SHA
Knut Hamsun building

Kristiansund Opera Culture Centre
C. F. Møller Architects win
Kristiansund Opera
picture : C. F. Møller Architects
Kristiansund Opera Culture Centre

Lantern, Trondheim
AWP / Atelier Oslo, Architects
Lantern Trondheim Building
picture : AWP / Atelier Oslo
Lantern Trondheim

The Munch Museum, Oslo
Munch Museum
model by Jorge Queipo, photo by Federico López
Munch Museum Building

Oslo Airport Terminal
Narud Stokke Wiig
Oslo Airport
picture : NSW
Oslo Airport Building

Petter Dass Museum, northern Norway
Petter Dass Museum
picture from Snøhetta
Petter Dass Museum Building, Alstaharg

Svalbard Science Centre
Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL
Svalbard Science Centre
photo : Nils Petter Dale
Svalbard Science Centre

Trollstigen Project, Geiranger Fjord
Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
Trollstigen National Tourist Route Project
photo from RRA
Trollstigen National Tourist Route Project

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