Scan Magazine, Issue 81, October 2015

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Kvitlen. Photo: Pål Christensen

Wide-ranging experience through 25 years Boasting a creative staff of 19, a long history of projects in the public and private sectors as well as a constantly developing portfolio of knowledge and education, Arkitektkontoret Vest possesses a steady foundation for completing any development to perfection. How to get there? “It’s that combination of professional breadth, a mix of talented people and knowledge of the local area that will take you somewhere in this business,” says general manager Åshild Slettebø. By Julie Lindén | Photos: Arkitektkontoret Vest

The Rogaland-based firm, with offices in Sandnes and Bryne, boasts no less than 25 years in the business. During these years they have – together with developers, consultants, engineers and industrial contractors – designed and built public and private constructions with wide-ranging purposes. From elementary schools, kindergartens and health institutions to commercial buildings and apartments, private villas and country homes, Arkitektkontoret Vest has risen

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things like size of the company: we’re not too big, neither are we small. We have two rather closely situated offices, and our staff is of a number that allows for both individual and group thinking. We also stress the importance of mixing ages, backgrounds and types of experience to create an eclectic and diverse team.”

to somewhat of an obvious prominence in regional architecture.

Creating what the client did not know they wanted

“Our breadth of professional knowledge and competence has helped us move forward for a quarter of a decade, which isn’t always such a simple feat in this industry. Still, I believe we strike a much-needed balance where both concrete and immaterial qualities are concerned, something that makes us strong compared to others.” She pauses. “I’m talking about

That the firm takes due care to include and inspire all employees is evident, and it’s a way of thinking that is reflected in client relationships. “It’s of huge importance to us that each client knows exactly what we can create for them. They need to feel ‘met’ in their wishes and concerns, and they need to know that we will fulfil our mission faultlessly and with care for their framework conditions. A bonus is

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