The Nordic House

Filipstad Hotel and Terminal

The Scandinavian 8 Million City

Blue Moon House

Villa O

Rupp Arena

Kristiansund Opera House and Culture House

Oslo National Library and Stenersen Museum of Fine Arts

Hammerbakken House

Clarion Hotel Trondheim

The Violin Loft

Vision Louisville

Zaķusala Island

Helsinki Library

Post Zero Tower

V House

Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority Headquarters

Drottninghög, Sweden

Venice Biennale 2014 – Forms of Freedom

Bar P, Rotterdam

Slim Twin Office Building

Ny York Cultural District

Oslo Central Station

Blue Moon Europapark

Helsingborg, Sweden

Viking Age Museum

Hasle, Norway

Ruten

Studio

Contact

SPACEGROUP Company
Industrigata 36, 0357 Oslo, Norway

(+ 47) 947 90 554
Skype: space.group.norway

(+ 47) 906 92 896
gary@spacegroup.no

(+47) 934 56 146
floire@spacegroup.no

Inquiries

Applications
applications@spacegroup.no

FROM THE
SPACEMAN

Architects still want to be architects. And despite the changes in economic structures, geopolitics, sovereignty, urbanization, technological advancement, building information systems, and the radically-liberating exponentially-increasing accessibility of knowledge for everyone on Earth, The Profession has failed to innovate.

We want to discuss another role for the architect. A role not consumed by the fight to ‘the bottom’ (the bid for the lowest, fastest, cheapest). Nor the role of the mind reader, interpreting weak intentions, vague ambitions, and generally unclear premises.

We can imagine a situation where our genuine enthusiasm and naïve optimism is not overrun by the cynicism of building opportunism.

We have a responsibility to society. It is the role we are trying to redefine. Architecture needs a ‘Mars moment’ when someone declares they want to go to Mars, people say he is an idiot, and then he builds a rocket.

And then maybe he’s not such an idiot anymore.

Partners

Gary Bates (US)

Architect, Partner

Gary Bates founded SPACEGROUP with Gro Bonesmo in 1999. The office quickly made its mark by winning major international competitions such as the Prostneset Ferry Terminal in Tromsø, the Vestbane National Library, the Filipstad Masterplan, and the Oslo Central Station.

Gary began a collaboration with Rem Koolhaas (OMA) in 1992 on such projects as the Educatorium (NL), Jussieu Library in Paris, Cardiff Bay Opera House, Samsung Headquarters in Seoul, and the Media Valley masterplan in Inchon Korea. Gary was principal in charge of the Asia department. He has been visiting teacher, lecturer, and critic at the University of Texas, the University of Kentucky, AHO, Syracuse University and the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands, amongst others.

Gary is currently involved in SPACEGROUP projects worldwide, from Cote D’Ivoire, Novosibirsk Russia, Louisville USA, New York, and Azerbaijan. He studied architecture at Virginia Polytechnic University & State University.

Gro Bonesmo (NO)

Partner

Gro Bonesmo is a founder of SPACEGROUP, and a Professor at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO).

From 1990–98, she collaborated with Rem Koolhaas (OMA), where she was a Project Architect on projects such as the Dutch Embassy in Berlin, The Dutch House, Bordeaux Villa, Jussieu Library, and IIT Chicago, amongst others.

Gro has taught at the Oslo School of Architecture since 1999, and served as a visiting teacher, lecturer, and critic at Harvard University, the Berlage Institute, the Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen, KTH Stockholm, Syracuse University, and as a Visiting Professor at Columbia University. She served as the co-curator for the Nordic Pavillion at the 14th Venice Biennale, presenting “Forms of Freedom: African Independence and Nordic Models.”

Gro received her Master of Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, and is a graduate of the Norwegian University of Technology.

Floire Nathanael Daub (FR / NO)

Architect, Managing Partner

Floire Nathanael Daub became a Partner at SPACEGROUP in 2015. Floire has led a number of interdisciplinary project teams in both the public and private sectors within the EU and Scandinavia. Until 2014 he led the project “The Scandinavian 8 Million City,” involving 14 cities from Oslo to Copenhagen. His specialty is creating relationships between transport infrastructure and urban development, which he is currently executing as the project manager for the new Oslo Central Station and Ruten park and masterplan in Sandnes, Norway.

Floire holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Oslo School of Architecture (AHO) with additional studies at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris La Villette.

Team

Aleksandra Chylinska (PL)

Senior Architect

Armelle Breuil (FR)

Junior Architect

Asya Guney (TR)

Junior Architect

Britt Alexandra Johnson (US)

Architect

Carl Julius Claussen (NO)

Architect

Franco Bløchlinger (CH)

Byggeteknisk koordinator

Javier Elvira López de la Cova (ES)

Architect

Marin Kulas (NL)

Architect

Montserrat Bernal Pereira (ES)

Architect

Naofumi Namba (JP)

Senior Architect

Peder Brand (NO)

Architect

Alec Bates (NO)

Space Manager

Ingrid Elise Grigson Eian (NO / GB)

Outer Space Manager