Fjord Focus

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May 13, 2009

As Jarmund/Vigsnæs’s growing crop of small, smart houses have garnered increasing attention, their equally prolific civic works have them poised to be Norway’s next big export.

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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.  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    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.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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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.  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    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.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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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.  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    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.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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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.  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    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.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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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.  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    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.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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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.  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.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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  The Red House, 2002. Photo by Nils Petter Dale.  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    The Red House, 2002. Photo by Nils Petter Dale.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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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.  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    Villa by the Ocean, 2004, features a long, low profile and a green roof. Image courtesy Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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  The White House, 2006. Image by Ivan Brodey.  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    The White House, 2006. Image by Ivan Brodey.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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  Edge House, 2008. Image by Nils Petter Dale.  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    Edge House, 2008. Image by Nils Petter Dale.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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  The Administration Building for the Governor of Svalbard, 1998. Image courtesy Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    The Administration Building for the Governor of Svalbard, 1998. Image courtesy Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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  Villa Bjørnsen/Sund, 2003. Image courtesy Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL.  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    Villa Bjørnsen/Sund, 2003. Image courtesy Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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  Cabin Nordmarka, 2006. Image by Nils Petter Dale.  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    Cabin Nordmarka, 2006. Image by Nils Petter Dale.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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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.  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    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.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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  The Donning Community Building, constructed in 2006. Image courtesy Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL.  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    The Donning Community Building, constructed in 2006. Image courtesy Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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  The Farm House, 2008. Image by Nils Petter Dale.  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    The Farm House, 2008. Image by Nils Petter Dale.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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