Scan Magazine, Issue 93, October 2016

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Scan Magazine  |  Special Theme  |  Nordic Architecture Special – Norway

Mjøstårnet, which will be the world’s tallest structure built entirely out of wood.

The authority on excellent architecture Voll Arkitekter, established in the 1970s in Trondheim, has been run by Sigbjørn Berstad since 1998. The location allows the firm to work on projects all over Norway and, while remaining an authority on developing zoning plans, their portfolio is full to the brim with private sector projects including the design and erection of apartment buildings, shopping centres, hotels and large industrial structures. By Pernille Johnsen | Photos: Voll Arkitekter

Voll Arkitketer has 23 employees, and Berstad explains that Trondheim is a great place to recruit from as it is a talent pool both within the architecture scene and in terms of engineers and carpenters. This has been crucial to the success story behind Voll Arkitekter; 52  |  Issue 93  |  October 2016

effective partnerships with everyone involved from start to finish.

Zoning plans galore One third of the employees at Voll Arkitekter work with zoning plans. Presently, the largest one in terms of

square metres is Grilstad Marina. A large landfill just outside the city of Trondheim, the landfill itself is larger than the city centre and includes everything from a harbour for small boats to apartment complexes and commercial buildings. The zoning plan was completed in 2013 after a 12-year-long process. During the planning process, Voll Arkitekter also designed two of the site’s commercial buildings. Berstad and the team currently have between ten and 15 zoning plans in the works across Norway. Additionally, the team was recently commissioned to

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