As part of the board of OAF (Oslo Architectural Association) I have initiated together with NORSK VVS (Norwegian HVAC magazine) a series of articles, workshops and events that will bring closer the 2 groups of experts in the building industry. The main purposes of this cooperation will be to get earlier in the projects the technical knowledge of the ventilation experts, and also to help clarify the important descions with regards to architectural qualities in a cross disciplinary approach. The buildings we do today are far from just simple, and they become more and more complex. To be able to create sustainable architecture taht will last and adapt to the changes in user needs, we have to build a resilient flexibilitiy. And that could be done only by cross-disciplinary approach with the support of BIM. You can read the article here
After an interesting process and a lot of hours put in, the repport on Compact living/ area efficiency is out.
The project, financed by Husbanken (Norwegian Housing Bank) has been written as a partnership between Hille Melbye Arkitekter and University College Oslo(HIOA), with involvemnet from OBOS, Stor Oslo Eiendom and Betonmast.
My role was both in starting and innitiating the project together with Trine Helle, and as a process coordinator and cross-disciplinary coordinator with HiOA.
The project showed the openess from the developer side on area efficiency and Compact Living, with an interest from the byers also. (The first appartments sold in the big projects are the small ones). I´m looking forward to implement it and to REFRAME our projects with the know built during the work on this repport. Here is the link to Husbanken repport(in Norwegian though)
Yesterday I have been together with the clients to the site where the newest REFRAME project will be built.
In Valdres, with a breathtaking view and nature all around and part of it, Heidi and Thomas have decided to build their dream house. And Daniel aka REFRAME, following the interview process, listening to their wishes and also following their "daily patterns", helped them design and shape their home.
The first rule here in REFRAME is "never draw anything before I have seen the site and have listened to the clients".
An architectural object has to answer a brief, and the best brief one can get is to hear and observe the future users/clients. Understanding their life (or actually getting just a glimpse of it ) increases the chances of a good design.
Looking forward to have the building site started.
On the 24th of January I have had a presentation about compact living, Oslo and alternative ways of building better homes.
My solution is has 3 main points:
1. move from bidemensional use of our homes to 3 dimensional and use their entire height. As today we leave a big part of our walls unused and we furnish our homes just the first metter or so in height.
2. adopt compact living solutions that are already avaialble on the market, off the shelf.
3. create BAUGRUPPE, when the future innhabitants of the appartment can influence the design solutions early in the projects, and also have more common areas, that could be used more efficent by the entire community.
Here the strreaming of the event. My presentation starts at minutte 17, but you can watch all of them also. :)
In December , I have been involved in organizing and lead a workshop about area efficiency as part of a housing research project in Oslo.
The main partners in the project are Husbanken, Hille Melbye Arkitekter, University College Oslo togheter with OBOS, Velux, Stor Oslo Eiendom , Betonmast, Scansorlie (furniture) and REFRAME arkitektur.
The repport will be published in March-April 2017.
The process has used mainly the DeBonos Thinking Hats method, with focus on challanging the participants assumptions about the residential units beeing built in Oslo. One of best side effects of such an approach is the cross-disciplinary understanding of the project.
Further in our research we are looking at developing different typologies of apartments that combine the compact living furniture, daylight analysis, energy simulation, all within a area afficient footprint (35-to 70 sqm),
REFRAME is proud to be partner in this year #TreArkitektur day. A lot of interesting speakers with the same interest in showing both the quality of wooden structures but also the big potential to experiment and innovate by taking in new technologies : CNC, 3D scanning in refurbishments, BIM etc.
More about the speakers and the conference program one cand find here
Husbanken together with many governmental institution has launched today a joined platform for social housing in Norway with focus on crossdisciplinary approach for both the municipalities, companies and users. And as Trond Os Haare said today, they have decided not make a "digital static pdf document", but an intereactive ongoing updated platform. The adress for the new platform iswww.veiviseren.no
It is also possible to follow up live the conference here
A 2 day intensive conference with a lot of inspiring presentation about sustaianble future, from urban farming (PLANTAGON) to Circular economy, and not the least " the TESLA of living" as Regen Village call their presentation. Personally I like that the disruptive approach that Tesla had in the car industry is getting used to mark the disruptive approach in other fields.