International architects on Norwegian territory

In the process of trying to keep up to date with architecture in Norway I thought it would be interesting to take a closer look at how the head of school at Kingston, where I am currently studying, Daniel Rosbottom and his practice DRDH, have been designing a concert hall in Bodø. DRDH won an open international competition in 2008 with their proposal for an urban strategy facilitating a cultural quarter, herein a library, a concert hall and a maritime museum. A second competition was held with focus on the concert hall and library within the proposed cultural quarter. The practice won this competition as well and what is being built at the moment is a concert hall and library on two previous vacant plots within the centre of Bodø.

I think what is going on in Bodø relates very much to ongoing discussions in Norway on what could be called “imported” architecture. The concert hall in Bodø is one of quite a few large scale buildings designed by an international practice the last decade – the Barcode development in Oslo is designed by Dutch MVRDV, the design for a new Munch museum in the same city is by the Spanish architect Herreros, though still going back and forth in the the Norwegian bureaucracy. Peter Zumthor recently finished a museum in Sauda, Steven Holl designed a museum in Hamarøy a few years back, and in September 2012 Renzo Piano finished his Astrup Fearnly museum, sitting at the sea front in Oslo.

In this video, Daniel and Dvid of DRDH are interviewed by Jan Olav Jensen from Jensen og Skodvin arkitekter about their thoughts behind the concert hall, and how many of the major design decisions where taken


Bodø. Proposed masterplan.


Bodø. Plan of library and concert hall by DHDR


Bodø. Render of proposed cultural quarter by DHDR


Bodø. Proposed scheme at the water front, by DHDR.

Oslo. Lambda by Herreros Architects.

Oslo. Astrup Fearnly museum by Renzo Piano

Hamarøy. Hamsunsenteret by Steven Holl.

Oslo. The barcode development by MVRDV.

Steilneset memorial by Peter Zumthor.


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