Scan Magazine | Special Theme | Nordic Architecture Special – Norway
Profilbygget, with its characteristic shape, is highly visible from the passing traffic. A three-storey office hovers over a gas station serving as the building’s anchor. Photo: Espen Grønli
Staying in the lead of Norwegian architecture What is next for SJ Arkitekter? The versatile and well-connected office has already played an important role in shaping the modern Oslo you see today, but strives to stay ahead through a cooperative spirit both inside and outside the office. By strengthening their win-win agreement with world-renowned Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, SJ Arkitekter is hoping to gain a competitive advantage at home. By Eirik Elvevold
If you have ever visited Oslo, you have definitely laid eyes on a building designed by SJ Arkitekter. The Norwegian capital, which has received a significant architectural makeover in the last decade, simply would not look the same without them. Most famous is perhaps their building in the Barcode project, the now recognisable row of high-rise buildings facing the Oslo fjord together with the Oslo Opera House, housing Norwegian mutual insurance company KLP. 36 | Issue 93 | October 2016
inception grown to a diverse staff of 25. Together, they are trying to remain among the leading architecture firms in Norway. “We’re extremely versatile and have a really solid network here in Norway, but the market is constantly changing. I think the Oslo market for commercial buildings, for instance, is quite saturated, but the city is crying out for new apartments. We’re on track to remain at the top, but it’s essential to keep investing in architectural competency, new solutions and a healthy balance sheet,” says Jacobsen.
“It’s been truly fantastic to be part of Barcode. We have all become prouder, not only of the KLP building, but of our own office in general. The project has transformed Bjørvika and put us on the architectural map,” says founder and partner Svein Jacobsen, who started the company together with Gunnar Solheim in 1997.
Facing the future with complementary cooperation
SJ Arkitekter still bears Jacobsen and Solheim’s initials, but has since its
Staying open to cooperation is another way of greeting the future of architecture. Jacobsen highlights the importance
Published on Oct 18, 2016