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VARIOUS ARCHITECTS was founded in January 2008 in Oslo, Norway. Today, the company has a mixture of youthful and experienced staff with various backgrounds. We design deferent types and scales of projects, ranging from 200 m2 houses to 50,000 m2 master planning projects with emphasis on cultural projects and public space.

DESIGN PROCESS

As the name implies, Various Architects has a collaborative design philosophy that creates bespoke project teams of creatives and experts for each project we undertake. We have a network of architects, artists, landscape architects, interior designers and product designers that we like to involve in our projects where appropriate. Our office space is a creative co-working environment where we share our space with architects, interior architects, light designers, web designers, programmers. The synergy of disciplines is a source of inspiration for everyone involved.

SUSTAINABILITY

Environmental solutions and innovative sustainable designs have been prioritized in all projects since the establisment of the company. Our Mobile Performance Venue has been hailed by the press for it’s lightweight design and 100% recyclable structure. We have collaborated with the norwegian research institution Bioforsk in the design of an park environment would actively clean toxic airport waste at Schiphol Airport with natural plant processes and a bio-gas plant that would turn organic waste into energy. Our Skagen ØKOntor can become Norway’s most energy efficient building with a very low CO2-footprint.

TECHNOLOGY

Including 3D modeling, parametric design, photorealistic rendering and BIM information models are all everyday tools in use at Various Architects. We use our detailed knowledge of technology where appropriate, and as a means to an end not as an end in itself.

AWARDS

Various Architects has recieved several awards and has won competitions in Norway and abroad. Our winning projects have been published in design and architecture magazines around the world:

★  Spark! Award, Mobile Performance Venue: 2008

★  World Architecture Festival Award, Future projects: 2009

★  Second Prize, Yorkshire Diamond Pavilion: 2009

★  Second Place, Business Category, Schiphol Sound Barrier: 2010

★  First Prize, Invited Competition, Oppdal+: 2011

★  Second Place, invited competition, Archeological Museum in Stavanger: 2011

★  First Prize, invited competition, Mesterfjellet School in Larvik: 2011

★  First Prize, invited competition, CK 32 Office Building: 2014

Network

Various Architects are constantly expanding our global network of architects, landscape architects, designers, artists, and engineers hand picked by us for collaboration on projects of all sizes. The network is called upon when designing teams for larger projects and specialist consulting. With our background and experience with large cultural and public buildings, we have been approached by a number of well-known architecture firms for collaboration in the past year. These include Diller Scofidio + Renfro, OMA, and our former colleagues at Snøhetta. We bring the experience and inspiration of working with these companies to all of our projects, large or small.

 

Text in Norwegian:

Various Architects er et ungt arkitekt kontor med erfarerne arkitekter. Etter etableringen i Oslo, Norge i 2008 har vi blant annet jobbet med kulturprosjekter, skoler, kontorbygg og privatboliger. Kontoret vårt omfatter arkitekter med årelang erfaring og unge talenter. Sammen jobber vi for å skape engasjerende arkitektur som er i tråd med samfunnsutviklingen og som møter oppdragsgivernes behov og budsjetter. God arkitektur er ikke det samme som dyr arkitektur. God arkitektur er innovativ design som tar hensyn til miljø, bruk, mennesker og samfunn innenfor budsjettet man har til rådighet. Flere av våre prosjekter har vunnet premier i nasjonale og internasjonale konkurranser, og er publisert i design- og arkitekturtidsskrifter verden rundt.

Samfunn, miljø og bygningsteknikk

En fremtidsrettet arkitektur er viktig for å møte miljø- og utformingskravene som er en del av alle nye prosjekter. Vi holder oss løpende oppdatert på kravene som stilles fra myndighetene, og er spesielt opptatt av å skape miljøvennlige løsninger. Dette har vi blant annet vist gjennom vår Mobile Performance Venue som ble hyllet av pressen for sin 100% gjennvinnbare ytterhud og transportløsning tilpasset ordinære shippingcontainere.

Efektiv arbeidsprosess

Vi er et moderne kontor hvor ny teknologi og programvare er sentralt for en kostnadsbesparende arbeidsprosess. Gjennom bruk av 3D-modellering fra starten, får våre oppdragsgivere raskt en forståelse for designutviklingen. Dette forenkler samarbeidet mellom oss og våre oppdragsgivere, og letter jobben med tilpasninger underveis i prosjekter.

For tiden jobber vi med prosjekter innen kontor- og kulturbygg, samt privat bolig. Samtidig har vi kapasitet til å ta på oss nye oppdrag.