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Scan Magazine | Architecture Special | Norway
Left and top middle: Svein Lund’s summer house ‘Knapphullet’. Photo: Kim Muller. Middle: Summer house on stilts in Larvik. Photo: Alexander Westberg. Right: Tjuvholmen Kavringen brygge, Oslo. Photo: Lund Hagem.
Creating a Norwegian coastal footprint Since 1990, Lund Hagem Architects has gained recognition for its modern, sitespecific architecture projects. After designing the Norwegian royal couple’s summer cabin, Lund Hagem’s summer houses and seaside homes have set their distinct impression on the coast of Norway. By Maria Lanza Knudsen
Interestingly, the creativity behind Lund Hagem’s projects is linked to what they consider limitations. “We view these limitations as parameters for our projects, such as the client’s demands, building guidelines, the use of green technology and, most importantly, nature’s own distinctive elements that give places everywhere their special character,” explains Kristine Strøm-Gundersen, architect and partner at Lund Hagem. “Our main aim is to identify and emphasise these discoveries and the architectural inspiration is a result of these limitations.” The design of an annex building to founding partner Svein Lund’s summer house exemplifies this approach. The project aimed to use a naturally sheltered area surrounded by boulders and dense vege-
tation. The slanting roof of the house allows its inhabitants to climb it and enjoy the panoramic ocean views, while a concrete bench, extending from the exterior to the interior of the house, completes a sheltered atrium formed by the house and the adjacent cliffs. Up the coast, by Larvik, sits another Lund Hagem summer house perched on the edge of the water. The rough topography of the island site did not naturally lend itself to building, so Lund Hagem created a site on stilts that latches onto the island, creating two levels for the house. The materiality of the exterior, steel columns, wood and glass, blends into the interior to ensure that the house fits harmoniously with the surrounding landscape.
Explaining and enhancing a place Along Oslo’s waterfront lies the Tjuvholmen commercial and residential development where Lund Hagem’s Kavringen brygge lies at the edge towards the fjord. With its varying slanted brick shutters and glass balconies, the apartments face away from the city while optimising their orientation towards the sun and beautiful views of the sea. The overall result is a building displaying variations in transparency and light reflection depending on the angle, weather and time of year. “The one consistency between our projects is in what they strive for: to associate themselves with the place they possess,” says Strøm-Gundersen. “They wish to explain and enhance the experience of being where you are.” It is for this very reason that Lund Hagem’s creations form part of the modern architectural history of the Norwegian waterfront. For more information, please visit: www.LundHagem.no
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Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with Swedish singer Ane Brun.