OSLO CENTRAL

STATION

Oslo Central Station

Nordic House puts a Norwegian footprint in Sweden, marking a future of continued collaboration, exchange, and mutual interest in cultural heritage.

Image: MIR

The site possesses all the critical qualities of the Norwegian landscape: woods, hills, fjord, and uninterrupted views of the horizon. These natural elements provide an ideal backdrop for an interpretation of Norwegian identity as adaptable and fearless, with an aesthetic and ethical sensitivity.

The site possesses all the critical qualities of the Norwegian landscape: woods, hills, fjord, and uninterrupted views of the horizon. These natural elements provide an ideal backdrop for an interpretation of Norwegian identity as adaptable and fearless, with an aesthetic and ethical sensitivity.

SPACEGROUP’s proposal for Nordic House embraced the interchange between inside and outside andthe panoramic views of the site, but also Norway’s innovative and unsentimental feats of engineering.

The Nordic House

Filipstad, an industrial site connecting Oslo to the world via its port, possesses a structure, scale, and raw beauty devoid of the stylistic judgements controlling the rest of the city.

Situated on the waterfront of Oslofjord, Filipstad will be a unique location in the city combining living, business, entertainment, tourism, transport and leisure in one neighborhood on the waterfront of Oslo. The new hotel is situated across from the beautiful Norwegian nature of Bygdøy and closely connected to the city center with Aker Brygge and the city hall within walking distance.

Filipstad Hotel and Terminal

Space Group and MVRDV are one of three teams asked to submit a masterplan for the Norwegian town of Madla-Revheim, the main development area outside of Stavanger. Commissioned to develop a model of sustainable growth that treats development principles, transportation systems, and built structures as parts of a whole, the team proposed to concentrate 4,000 housing units on the edge of the 780 acre site.This preserved the heart of the development for open, green space, public programs and athletic facilities.

Madla Revheim Masterplan

The Scandinavian 8 Million City – 3 Countries, 4 Metropolitan Cities, 2 Capitals all connected in 150 minutes.

European population density

This is the new vision for a fully integrated Scandinavian labor market based on green mobility. In an increasingly globalized economy the demand for efficiency and mobility is increasing. City regions have become the engines in developing the knowledge and information-based community. Bigger and stronger regions are needed to attract and retain people and companies who will create the wealth of the future.

oktober 1984, Göteborgs Handels- och Sjöfarts - Tidning

The Scandinavian 8 Million City

Located within a historically listed Garden City area, restrictions to alterations of the original façade compelled SPACEGROUP to develop a completely new interior logic within the existing shell.

Villa O is located in a residential area north of Oslo with sweeping views of the city and fjord. The house, designed in 1952 by the architect Jens Selmer, needed a total renovation.

On the ground floor, we introduced a sculptural staircase in black lacquered solid wood as a single organizing element. The staircase acts as a divider between the dining room, the formal living room, and the fireplace.

Villa O

Blue Moon House

The municipality of Groningen invited Toyo Ito to design a master plan to trigger and redefine the boundaries of the city as they were extending. The architect called the operation ‘Blue Moon Festival,’ and invited four international architects to design a building in the center of Groningen – in our case in the hidden street Achter de Barakken – and one in the future extension of the city, Europapark.

Blue Moon House

OVERTURE

The Culture House is all too often a conglomeration of disparate programs coupled into an overtly simplistic urban gesture. The public domain within is left to a series of residual cavities within a maze-like organization.

Our strategy is a simple one: allowing Kristiansund Opera and Culture House to function as a single entity but also as a series of smaller, more manageable buildings, crystallizing the ambitions of several strong identities into one collective institution. By combining functions in a rational way based on their common interests and advantages, we establish 3 institutions in one complex.

Distribution of culture and knowledge through an extroverted and highly accessible presence in the city - maximizing friction, exploiting the in-between, strengthening identity - will inspire visitors for learning, play, search and discovery, entertainment and exchange.

Kristiansund Opera House and Culture House

RUPP
BASKETBALL
ARENA

SPACEGROUP with Inside-Outside Landscape Architects and Adams Kara Taylor Structural Engineers provided the vision for a new Rupp Arena Arts and Entertainment District in Lexington, Kentucky.

Rupp Arena

Hammerbakken
House

Hammerbakken House is a mediation between the highly particular needs of a handicapped child and the domestic needs of a family. A low-budget private residence, the client requested ’quantity over quality’ in order to maximize the child’s usable space and on-site experiences.

Hammerbakken House

OMA / SPACEGROUP won the international competition for the development of 130,000 m2 in cultural, residential and office programs on the Oslo waterfront.

Vestbanen, once Oslo’s rail terminal, is today an asphalt lot within a tangle of infrastructure spanning 700 years. A summer paradise and winter void, this large urban plaza demanded an interior counterpart – an urban living room for the city. OMA/SPACEGROUP’s winning entry proposed a central cultural complex that stretched to meet Vestbanen’s site extents, acting as an urban organizer while accommodating the presence of the Nobel Peace Prize Center and three commercial lots set aside for future development.

Oslo National Library and Stenersen Museum of Fine Arts

AKER BRYGGE

From Rådhusplassen, to Nationaltheatre, to Tjuvholmen, to Skillebekk, to Oslo fjord - all roads lead to Aker Brygge, a commercial center in Oslo for almost 25 years.

Aker Brygge

The Clarion Hotel and Congress redefines the classical atrium hotel into a new, dynamic typology. Unlike the American or Asian hotel atrium with a centralized and vertical, magnificent but one-dimensional void under a glass cover, the void here is given a three-dimensional spatial quality, the result of a rotational logic to optimize the view from each room.

Clarion Hotel Trondheim

B Loft

We want to move
our city forward
while preserving
what makes Louisville,
Louisville

Mayor Greg Fischer
Vision Louisville

In 2013, SPACEGROUP was approached by the city of Louisville, KY to lead a city-wide initiative that brought together private enterprise, community and governmental organizations, non-profits, cultural institutions, and citizens to define a 25-year vision plan for their city.

HOW DID WE GET HERE

Louisville is well postitioned to be a strong regional center, but has a long history of stasis. The current population of the core city is barely larger than it was in 1900. Several events have dramatically affected the form and function of Louisvilles built environment.

Louisville was historically developed as a shipping hub on the Ohio River. Positioned on the Ohio River, Louisville was a critical port allowing for the movement of goods from east to west.

The urban fabric that began around the shipping industry was enhanced in 1891 with the Olmsted Park System, consisting of three major parks, fifteen neighborhood parks, and six connecting parkways.

Vision Louisville

We are living in ‘exponential’ times. The status quo is constantly redefining itself. The information technological revolution was a quantum leap in the content and performance of the library. Much of what we know today will be outdated tomorrow. The library needs a framework that facilitates simultaneously stability and flux, just-in-time-planning. Too specific and it will be paralyzed by its own inflexibility, too generic and it risks neutrality, losing its connection to place, diminishing its potential for stimulation

Helsinki Library

Zakusala Island

Distances to key cities

Riga is the Baltic’s emergent financial and commercial capital with one of the fastest growing economies in Europe. Since the independence of Latvia in 1991, and the subsequent entry into the European Union, foreign investment has flourished, with expanded activity in all significant areas of Latvia’s economy. 

Latvia’s geographic position gives it a unique position as a Pan-Nordic center, and European capital at the point of convergence between Russia and the EU. Moscow and St. Petersburg, both within 1 hour of Riga, represent a population in excess of 15 million Russians who in the foreseeable future will have access to Europe via Latvia. 

Zaķusala Island

Zero is More

Space Group was one of four finalists in the international competition for the transformation of the Postgirobygget in Oslo. Built in 1975 at the foot of Oslo Central Station, the building is one of the tallest and most visible in Oslo.

ORGANIC GROWTH

To respond to this rapid rise, Space Group crafted a phased approach to the buildings transformation that orders and develops key regions and components at critical times.

1975:

Original building, height 81 m, 20 levels.

Post Zero Tower

V House

Located on a beautiful Norwegian island in the Oslofjord, this residence is designed as two landscapes connected by a fissure, weaving itself into a densely vegetated landscape with a steep fall to the sea.

V House

Norwegian
Civil Aviation
Authority
Headquarters

In 2009, SPACEGROUP won the competition for Norway’s Federal Aviation Authority (Luftfartsilsynet) as it moved its headquarters from the capital of Oslo to the northern city of Bodø.

Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority Headquarters

Drottninghög

‘One size fits none.’

Drottninghög, a housing area 3 km northeast of Helsingborg centre – a ‘Million Programme’ area, a program in which Sweden built a million housing units between 1964 and 1974 – was to become a pilot project for sustainability: socially, economically, and environmentally. It was built on quantitative and programmatic ideals based on the notion ‘One size fits all.’

Drottninghög, Sweden

Slim Twin

Located on a narrow plot and sandwiched between a historical customs building and the Oslo Central Station railroad tracks, the design of a new office and commercial building required both a sensitive and creative approach that heightened the value of new-and-old while creating a functional, efficient organization.

The relationship with the existing customs house was formulated with two ambitions - to create a harmony between the new and old, and to avoid strangling the protected customs building.

The relationship with the existing customs house was formulated with two ambitions: to create a harmony between the ‘new’ and the ‘old, and to avoid strangling the protected customs building. The solution was a slim volume, guided by the most efficient gross-to-net ratio in which all offices are exposed to façade and capable of direct venting. This slim proportion allows fora bonus public courtyard between the buildings, and the extra area is pushed upward, and shaved into a gabled form that allows sunlight into the courtyard. The extra height guarantees spectacular views of the city and fjord.

Slim Twin Office Building

Annar Bjørgli, Nasjonalmuseet

African Independence
and Nordic Models

Annar Bjørgli, Nasjonalmuseet

Kenyatta International Conference Center, Nairobi, Kenya
1966–1973
Architect: Karl Henrik Nøstvik
Photo: © David Keith Jones

Venice Biennale 2014 – Forms of Freedom

Bar P

Bar P, Rotterdam

Ny York

Cultural District

In 2012, SPACEGROUP completed the refurbishment of the Indigo Textile Factory, constructed between 1896-1899 by Norwegian architects Ove Ekman and Einar Smith.Sitting alongside the Akerselva River in Oslo, the original building had a rich history of uses but was partially destroyed in a fire in the 1980s.The area was historically referred to as ‘Ny York’ (New York) due to its explosive development in the 1860’s.Like its sister city, the area reflects a focus on art, architecture, and design.

Ny York Cultural District

motion melting
perspective
& gravity

As part of Toyo It’s masterplan for the Blue Moon festival in Groningen, Space Group designed an architectural intervention along a coal wall on a former industrial site. The exhibition included a playground, an exhibition space for the video artist Tiong Ang, and a 200m long café with ice bar on rail tracks.

Blue Moon Europapark

SPACEGROUP won the competition for the design of a public park at Ruten in Sandnes, Norway in partnership with Superunion Architects in 2012.

Sandnes is Norway’s fastest growing city. Twenty years of booming oil industry has led to a sprawling, car-based city with a congested road network and a public transport share below 5%. Located on the waterfront near the heart of the city, Ruten has long been the region’s largest transit interchange point, meaning that a large portion of the city center is dedicated to terminating busses, taxis, and trains.Hence, while delivering an award-winning design, SPACEGROUP’s proposal for Ruten took on the additional challenge of reexamining Sandnes’ transit systems and how people moved about the city in order to secure the qualities needed for a central public space.

Ruten

Viking Age Museum

Upon entering, visitors descend below the Oseberg Viking ship, reframed in a large vitrine and providing a rare and spectacular view of its underside, to the new lobby. Unlike a painting gallery with objects hung on the walls, our collection will largely display artifacts in a field condition, providing 360-degrees views. The architecture and programs are organized to maximize flows and friction of people and space.

The current Vikingtidsmuseet, through the fortuitous mishap of past urban ambitions, remains strongly ‘connected’ to the waters of the Oslofjord.

Together with the Norsk Folkemuseum, the two form a unique oasis on the Bygdøy peninsula, a critical mass of culture in a lush suburban environment. The story of a third museum begins with cultivating this condition, the building as its own object in the collection.

Complementing the strong form of the Viking Museum, our proposed extension explores the contrasts between building and nature

Viking Age Museum

Helsingborg is one of the last cities in northern Europe to transform its waterfront. This tardiness gives us the virtue of hindsight. We have seen the dockyard developments of Europe look increasingly similar, largely due to a developer-driven market. Competition between cities has ironically only strengthened this trend, a by-product of oppositional theory. A step-change needs to occur with Helsingborg.

Like many of greater Helsingborg’s neighborhoods, the H+ site is inundated with industry and infrastructure, resulting in isolated, often monoprogrammatic islands. Many port cities have stagnated, unable to reinvent themselves nor inhabitation of the interesting ‘gray’ zones that constitute the transitions between land and sea. Formerly a place for the trading of goods, the waterfront of Helsingborg should again become a place of exchange - of culture, of information, of ideas – a new type of center, an open stage.

The enormity of port infrastructure quarters the city into semi-urbanized islands, often devoid of open space, or rather filled with space left open. We know the Harbor is not interested in compressing. We asked them.

We propose a conceptual re-stitching of the waterfront deep into the existing public life and nodes of the city. Grafted over the entire length of the city from Hamntorg to Västhamnen, the boardwalk is adaptive in form and spatial diversity – covering, protecting, disassociated, expansive, indeterminate and highly specific – according to use, placement, and people.

Helsingborg, Sweden

Located in the north-east of Oslo, the area of Hasle is experiencing a new wave of development. Drawing upon Hasle’s wealth of historic industrial buildings, the developers of the properties wished to contribute to the creation of a new neighborhood.

Photo: Jeroen Musch

SPACEGROUP delivered a design and strategy that embraced the uncertainties of the project and provided a range of possible programs, floorplans, and phasing to counter a number of possible development scenarios.The starting point required a strategy that balanced optimal floor plates, façade-to-floor-area ratios, effective and flexible building volumes, and the proper placement of program typologies to ensure maximum value for stakeholders.

Hasle, Norway

Sandnes has in recent years been Norway’s fastest growing city and the ambitious plans for the waterfront are a manifestation of the growth. New infrastructure development in parallel with investment a new city hall, public park and office development are reconnecting the city with the sea and reinventing the city center as the cultural and financial epicenter.

Sandnes in recent years been Norway’s fastest growing city and the ambitious plans for the waterfront are a manifestation of the growth. New infrastructure development in parallel with investment a new city hall, public park and office development are reconnecting the city with the sea and reinventing the city center as the cultural and financial epicenter.

Havneparken

Tromsø
Harbor
Terminal

In 2003, SPACEGROUP won the international competition for the Prostneset Ferry Terminal in Tromsø, Norway.

Tromsø Harbor Terminal

Røverstaden

Tucked below the entry plaza of the Oslo Concert House, 4000 m2 of dormant club culture waited for a jump start. Formerly the legendary Club 7 (klubb sju), Munkedamsveien 15 is a historic venue that has enriched the Oslo cultural scene with experimental theatre, poetry, gallery, film, library, cafe, kids, dance and concerts.

Miles Davis, Tom Waits, BB King, Chick Corea and many more took the stage at Club 7 during its mythical years from 1971- 1985.

Røverstaden

OSLO
BUSINESS
REGION

Oslo Business Region aims to construct a stronger ecosystem for startups and the work fields of the future. They requested an office that provided autonomy and simultaneously belonged in the Mesh coworking community in Tordenskioldsgate, and the city beyond. The space is designed to facilitate new structures for collaboration, communication and has the flexibility to serve needs yet to be defined.

Oslo Business Region

Great cities are great for everyone.

The Oxhead project proposes a new, honest vision for architecture motivated by nature and a holistic view for better health, leading to higher productivity, greater engagement, and social awareness. Nourishment, comfort, ergonomics, transparency, adaptiveness are important components of this design ideology.

Oxhead

The Code

Our design is predicated on the idea that the contemporary hotel is an extension of the city. The Legends Hotel brings together important stories that connect the Latvian people in a space that is open, inclusive, and inspiring.

The Code

Design task: To develop an Architectural project for a traditional Chayhana (Teahouse), in a contemporary style.

Chayhana

Pitstop

Pitstop

Studio

Contact

SPACEGROUP Company
Industrigata 36, 0357 Oslo, Norway

(+ 47) 947 90 554
Skype: space.group.norway
Email: gary@spacegroup.no

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.

gary@spacegroup.no

Gro Bonesmo (NO)

Architect, Partner

GRO BONESMO is co-founder and partner of SPACEGROUP and a professor at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO).

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.” In the period of 1990-98, she collaborated with OMA/Rem Koolhaas, including Design Architect in charge for the Dutch Embassy in Berlin.

She holds a Master of Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and is a graduate of the Norwegian University of Technology in Trondheim including studies at Sci-Arc and AHO.

gro@spacegroup.no

Floire Nathanael Daub (FR / NO)

Architect, 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.

floire@spacegroup.no

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

News

Varsel om oppstart planarbeid Måvik

Popup i Holmestrand 15/8 og 16/8 i Langgaten 47

SPACEGROUP is participant in the Nordic Urban Spaces Exhibition in Berlin 6/7 - 28/9