The new Community Church Knarvik signals its function with a sacral dignity and recognisable form, where the church spire, sanctuary and chapel are emphasised by ascending roof planes.
The building is carefully adapted to an existing hillside between built and natural environment, providing the church with an inspiring context of the surrounding heath landscape.
The church, located on the scenic west-coast of Norway north of Bergen, is built on a privileged site overlooking the cultural landscape and local town centre.
Wood is the key material of the project, expressed in the homogeneous cladding of pre-weathered pine heartwood and mirrored by the light-coloured pine finish on all interior surfaces.
As architects and designers we are fortunate to experience the overall process, from the first conceptual phase to the completion of high quality projects. We are eager to find pragmatic solutions with users as well as technical consultants, at the same time we are passionate to make sure that the original concept is carried through in the end result.
At the Cultural Center Stjørdal we are working on the final phases of construction, while work on the interior and final finishings have begun. The project is scheduled to be completed by summer 2015.
Our characteristic mountainous outline of the new Romsdal Folk Museum in Molde is taking shape. The building contributes to the Norwegian tradition of timber architecture and sustainable construction, and is to be completed by autumn 2015.
The office has attained most of its projects by participating in open or invited competitions, and this is still the main endeavour of the office. RRA has been awarded prizes for 2/3 of its participated competitions. This emphasizes the conceptual and academic strength of the office.
In addition, RRA has received numerous awards and nominations for its works, both national and international.
Located on Norway’s west coast, Trollstigen is perched within a dramatic pass between the deep fjords that characterize the region. This panoramic site can only be visited in summer, due to severe winter weather.
Despite—or perhaps because of—the inaccessible nature of the site, the project entails designing an entire visitor environment ranging from a mountain lodge with restaurant and gallery to flood barriers, water cascades, bridges, and paths to outdoor furniture and pavilions and platforms meant for viewing the scenery.
All of these elements are moulded into the landscape so that the visitor’s experience seems even more intimate. The architectural intervention is respectfully delicate, and was conceived as a thin thread that guides visitors from one stunning overlook to another.