VA announces Mikael Pedersen as a new partner

2017 kicks in with Mikael Pedersen joining Various Architects as a partner and managing director.

Mikael graduated from the School of Architecture in Lund, Sweden in 1999. He joined Snøhetta for 12 years, working on  a wide range of projects including the Norwegian Opera and ballet. In 2011 he started to work for Nordic – Office of Architecture, focusing on the New Pier at the Oslo Airport Gardermoen project,  where he was involved from preliminary design until the completion of shell and core. He also led the Extension Non Schengen project at Oslo Airport. In addition Mikael was in charge of The Sustainability Group at Nordic – Office of Architecture, providing sustainable design guide lines for every project at the office.

Various Architects team is delighted and excited to receive Mikael as a new partner of the firm. We are looking forward to him bringing his extensive experience as well as his positive attitude to the studio!

Global attention to our hotel

Our Bicycle hotel in Norway project received a lot of attention all over the world. It´s been published on both online and hard-copy magazines in Europe, Far East, Africa and America. The project has been lauded for the design qualities and environmental approach and contribution.

Here are few of the international publications:

Wired

Archdaily

World Architecture News

Hong Kong Mensuno

Designboom

Domus

Inhabitat

Divisare

Architizer

Visit Norway

 

Construction final phase

The construction for the housing project, Villa faun is coming to an end. Work started during extreme cold winter last year. Temperatures on construction site reached below – 20 degrees centigrade. The project consists of 4 high-end duplex apartments, located near the Holmenkollen ski jump, at the North West hill side in Oslo, Norway. All the apartments enjoy an amazing view over the Oslo fjord.

We look forward to the completion of the landscape and the rest of the interior works.

TPAC Building Site Update

We recently received updated images of The Taipei Performing Arts Center. These images were take during the site visit by Managing Partner-Architect of OMA, David Gianotten. The images show great development on the construction site, since Various Architects partner, Ibrahim Elhayawan visited Taipei for the roof topping ceremony. Ibrahim was the project leader for OMA team through Preliminary Services phase, schematic design phase, working closely with OMA partners in charge, Rem Koolhas and David Gianotten.

The raw aluminum exterior of the spherical Proscenium Play house, the Grand Theatre and the Multi Form Theatre look stunning. The volumes of the three auditorium cantilever entirely from an incredible 55 m glass cube, which is has been nick named «The magic cube», due to the flexibility and the unique stage configurations of the theatres.

We look forward to the completion of the whole project next year.

Construction continues on Bicycle hotel

The construction the Bicycle hotel in Lillestrøm, Norway is well underway. Ibrahim Elhayawan from Various Architects visited the site today to inspect the work progress. The massive wooden beams and the curved roof structure are already in place. The project is expected to be finished in August 2016.

 

CargoNet moved into Lodalen

The project includes the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the former administration building in Lodalen (Main Hall), owned by ROM Eiendom. The administration of Cargonet HQ just moved into the 3rd and the 4th floor of the building in addition to the locker rooms and fitness centre in the basement. The industrial zone border of the railway station moved in connection to the project to open for commercial areas.

Interior demolition was initiated in May 2015. Outline planning permission for the project was given 5/6-2015 and Modern Byggfornyelse AS was awarded the contract by competition with five invited construction companies. Commencement Permission was granted 16/7-2015.

Various Architects is currently working with the interior design of the 2. floor.

 

Villa Faun Roof topping

We celebrated the roof topping ceremony for Faun Housing Project. Located in Slemdal, Oslo, Norway. The projected consists of 4 high end apartments and duplex apartments. Each enjoy amazing view of Oslo fjord.

Completition expected by November this year. We look forward to seeing the development of the interiors of the apartments.