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on their own against the breathtaking landscapes. Local building traditions can be really helpful in achieving that.” The residential project Tunet in Førde (Vestlandet), saw the creation of 149 new homes collected around a central farm yard, with the buildings constructed in natural wood and stone providing shelter from the wind and leaving space for allotments and play. Meanwhile, in Larvik and Oslo, the team got to pay their respects to the fjords. “Larvik is a lovely little town with a lively harbour. We wanted our Østre Halsen buildings, balconies and promenade to contribute to that environment, while protecting the private life of our residents and opening up the sea to them.” Bispevika in Oslo is one of Vandkunsten’s biggest current projects. “The excellent briefing specified that a percentage of the area had to be made up of fjord-water features, which we’d normally have to convince authorities to include,” Albrechtsen recalls. “Water gives people breathing room. It’s also a great way to give the area a unique social character tied into both the city and the archipelago, and we’re creating blocks of flats which give the most people possible a sea view.” With the iconic Opera completed in 2008 and a new library underway, Bispevika looks set to become one of the most sought-after locations in Oslo. “Of course,

The Tunet project, Førde.

it’s great to be publicly recognised,” Albrechtsen acknowledges, “but no matter the size and location of our builds, our greatest pride and pleasure is seeing projects we planned years ago going strong as living, contributing parts of local communities.”

Awards and accolades Vandkunsten has won more than 60 awards since 1970. They include: 2015: Nykredit’s Sustainability Award (Scandinavia) 2015 (Sep): Køge Harbour nominated for Denmark’s town-planning award 2014: Danish Fine Arts Eckersberg Medal

For more information, please visit: www.vandkunsten.com

2009: The Alvar Aalto Medal (international) 2007: Bostadpriset (Sweden)

Larvik visualization. Photo: Alfa Egendom

Teglværkshavnen, Copenhagen. Photos: Adam Mørk

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Scan Magazine, Issue 81, October 2015  

Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with Swedish singer Ane Brun.

Scan Magazine, Issue 81, October 2015  

Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with Swedish singer Ane Brun.