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Scan Magazine | Special Theme | Nordic Architecture Norway
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Simplicity and innovation are the cornerstones for Skaara Arkitekter, founded by Kim Skaara, architect MNAL. “When things become out-dated people tend to discard them. That's why we want our buildings to have a timeless character, while simultaneously being straightforward and flexible,” says Skaara.
A functional approach Norwegian architecture firm Skaara Arkitekter believe in constructing good, functional buildings that people will look after and care for. By Maya Acharya
Since 1992, the Oslo-based company has grown in size and reach, most recently focusing on projects such as nursing homes and sheltered housing. Solid Solutions Simplicity and innovation are the cornerstones for Skaara Arkitekter, founded by Kim Skaara, architect MNAL. “Aesthetics are important, but if they do not fulfil basic functional requirements, then to us it's not a success,” says Skaara, who is also President of the National Association of Norwegian Architects. “From the very beginning our goal has always been to make good, sustainable architecture by providing solid and lasting solutions. When the surroundings are good and functional, people are more likely to look after and care for them, and they last longer.” Skaara recalls at least five large office buildings in their neighbourhood that got
torn down recently, after only 30 years of existence. “When things become outdated people tend to discard them. That's why we want our buildings to have a timeless character, while simultaneously being straightforward and flexible.” This idea of simplification is something that permeates all aspects of Skaara Arkitekter's work, spanning from interior design to building big private and public complexes. Knowing Your Place Adjusting plans according to location is another factor that Skaara Arkitekter is concerned with. “Each plot of land is different and unique,” explains Skaara. “You always have to carefully consider local factors like sun conditions, micro climate, topography, existing infrastructure, and so on. That's why custom-made solutions are more adaptive, and hence more sustainable.”
Recently, their focus has also been on the borderland between architecture and landscape, with projects focusing on the outdoor activity market, such as ski resorts and parks with activities such as climbing, mountain biking etc. When asked about his favourite projects, Skaara compares it to picking a favourite child. He does, however, highlight a relatively new project worked on in the area of Værnes airport, close to Trondheim. “Our job was to transform standard pre-fabricated modules, four metres in width and variable lengths, into attractive semi-detached houses. The demand for architectural quality meeting modern industrialisation is an interesting challenge for us,” he says. “We have also been focusing our competence on care homes and social housing. When it comes to working in the architectural field we enjoy engaging with a broad perspective. We love working on all levels, from small construction details, to societal issues. That's what makes this such an exciting job.” For more information, please visit: www.skaara.no
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Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with actress Signe Egholm Olsen.