Fjord Focus

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May 13, 2009
Originally published in Think Smaller
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  At nearly 80,000 square feet, the Oslo International School is one of Jarmund/Vigsnæs’s larger projects. Situated just outside Oslo, the school was recently renovated, with some 40,000 square feet of new construction. The colored panels suggest a sunny optimism, something the architects hoped to imbue in an educational context. Photo by Ivan Brodey.
    At nearly 80,000 square feet, the Oslo International School is one of Jarmund/Vigsnæs’s larger projects. Situated just outside Oslo, the school was recently renovated, with some 40,000 square feet of new construction. The colored panels suggest a sunny optimism, something the architects hoped to imbue in an educational context. Photo by Ivan Brodey.
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  The Svalbard Science Center, on the arctic Svalbard archipelago, is clad in copper sheeting, a material that remains workable even in very low temperatures. Photo by Nils Petter Dale.
    The Svalbard Science Center, on the arctic Svalbard archipelago, is clad in copper sheeting, a material that remains workable even in very low temperatures. Photo by Nils Petter Dale.
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  In the renovation of the Oslo School of Architecture, the firm maintained the building’s industrial feel while adding green space on the stairs and roof. Photo by Nils Petter Dale.
    In the renovation of the Oslo School of Architecture, the firm maintained the building’s industrial feel while adding green space on the stairs and roof. Photo by Nils Petter Dale.
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  The double-height ceiling and knotty interior give the Cabin Nordmarka a pleasant lightness, despite being situated deep in the Norwegian forest. Photo by Nils Petter Dale.
    The double-height ceiling and knotty interior give the Cabin Nordmarka a pleasant lightness, despite being situated deep in the Norwegian forest. Photo by Nils Petter Dale.
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  The Triangle House was completed in 2006, and its natural materials and geometric form equally embrace the surrounding forests and ocean. Photo by Ivan Brodey.
    The Triangle House was completed in 2006, and its natural materials and geometric form equally embrace the surrounding forests and ocean. Photo by Ivan Brodey.
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  In 1995, Einar Jarmund (center) and his childhood friend and classmate at the Oslo School of Architecture Håkon Vigsnæs (seated) founded the firm in Oslo in 1995. In 2004 the firm expanded, adding Alessandra Kosberg (left) as the third partner. Photo by Pia Ulin.
    In 1995, Einar Jarmund (center) and his childhood friend and classmate at the Oslo School of Architecture Håkon Vigsnæs (seated) founded the firm in Oslo in 1995. In 2004 the firm expanded, adding Alessandra Kosberg (left) as the third partner. Photo by Pia Ulin.
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  The Red House, 2002. Photo by Nils Petter Dale.
    The Red House, 2002. Photo by Nils Petter Dale.
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  Villa by the Ocean, 2004, features a long, low profile and a green roof. Image courtesy Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL.
    Villa by the Ocean, 2004, features a long, low profile and a green roof. Image courtesy Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL.
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  The White House, 2006. Image by Ivan Brodey.
    The White House, 2006. Image by Ivan Brodey.
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  Edge House, 2008. Image by Nils Petter Dale.
    Edge House, 2008. Image by Nils Petter Dale.
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  The Administration Building for the Governor of Svalbard, 1998. Image courtesy Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL
    The Administration Building for the Governor of Svalbard, 1998. Image courtesy Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL
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  Villa Bjørnsen/Sund, 2003. Image courtesy Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL.
    Villa Bjørnsen/Sund, 2003. Image courtesy Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL.
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  Cabin Nordmarka, 2006. Image by Nils Petter Dale.
    Cabin Nordmarka, 2006. Image by Nils Petter Dale.
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  The Triangle House was completed in 2006, and its natural materials and geometric form equally embrace the surrounding forests and ocean. Image by Ivan Brodey.
    The Triangle House was completed in 2006, and its natural materials and geometric form equally embrace the surrounding forests and ocean. Image by Ivan Brodey.
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  The Donning Community Building, constructed in 2006. Image courtesy Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL.
    The Donning Community Building, constructed in 2006. Image courtesy Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL.
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  The Farm House, 2008. Image by Nils Petter Dale.
    The Farm House, 2008. Image by Nils Petter Dale.
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