Firm of the Year Highlights
Community Church Knarvik
The project for a church on the west-coast of Norway has received a lot of attention since its inauguration just before Christmas. It's characteristic form and innovative use of wood on both exterior and interior has made it a landmark in the community.
Even before completion, it was nominated to the European Prize of Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. Further it was chosen as a finalist in the A+Awards, finally winning the Public Choice Award in the category for Religious Buildings and Memorials.
Micro Cluster Cabins
The Micro Cluster Cabins have flourished in social media and architectural blogs since it was first published late October. Consisting of several small volumes with characteristic Scandinavian pitched roofs, the summer house has a space for everyone in the multigenerational family it houses.
Probably among the smallest projects ever, it was also nominated to the European Prize of Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2015.
A.C. Houens Funds Diploma for 2015
The A.C. Houens funds diploma for 2015, considered Norway's foremost architectural prize, was awarded RRA for the Trollstigen project. The diploma is awarded to projects that "are outstanding, independent and architecturally comprehensive works," and has been completed more than 3 years ago.
“The pathway is a compelling architectural work, which by its restrained simplicity does not unnecessarily distract from the experience of breathtaking scenery and historically outstanding road construction design,” according to the jury's statement.
The Jacob Award
The Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture announced the winner of its most prestigious prize in late October 2014 – Reiulf Ramstad receives the Jacob Award for his considerable influence on the development within his field of study. The prize was first awarded in 1957 and celebrates practising designers who have demonstrated excellent work.
The jury's statement noted that "the firm demonstrates an ability to create good architecture independently of the projects' location, scale and function".
New RRA offices
Just before summer we moved offices into our newly renovated 19th century villa in Josefines gate 7, near Bislett in Oslo. The house was designed by the prominent Norwegian architect Georg A. Bull and has previously housed an embassy and a children's theatre.
The office has been renovated to a high standard while retaining and revealing the character of building. A glass floor between the entry level and the workspaces provides a spatial connection between each floor and exposes the beautiful timber construction.