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Sutherland Hussey among big names in Norway contest

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Edinburgh-based Sutherland Hussey has been shortlisted for a cultural square scheme in the Norwegian city of Kongsberg

The Scottish practice, teamed with local practice Narud-Stokke-Wiig, has been shortlisted with six other teams from across northern Europe including BIG and Dutch stars Mecanoo.

The scheme will host knowledge and cultural facilities in the centre of the former mining city. The 25,000m² site is expected to feature teaching, cultural and administration buildings.

Sutherland Hussey director Charlie Hussey told AJ: ‘We are delighted to be shortlisted and are looking forward to our collaboration with Narud-Stokke-Wiig in what promises to be a fascinating competition.

‘The Norwegian market would be a fantastic one to get into. It is a small country, like Scotland, but is punching above its weight. It also has a high regard for architecture.’

Sutherland Hussey and Narud-Stokke-Wiig have also bid together for a school scheme in Ayr, and hope to work together further.

Hussey said: ‘We will see how this goes but if we are successful then we would seek to extend the partnership. Collaboration is the future for small practices wanting to work on big schemes.’

The full shortlist for the Kongsberg scheme is:

  • BIG (Denmark) with L2 Arkitekter (Norway), COWI (Denmark), NIKU (Norway)
  • Dissing + Weitling (Denmark) with Tredje Natur, Ljøterud-Ødegård Arkitekter (Norway)
  • Dyrvik Arkitekter (Norway)
  • HRTB (Norway) with Rodeo-arkitektar (Norway), Architectopia, Bjørbekk & Lindheim, Rambøll (UK)
  • JST Arkitekter (Norway), Brendeland & Kristoffersen (Norway), Office of Architecture Barcelona (Spain)
  • Mecanoo International (Netherlands) with CODE (Netherlands)
  • Narud-Stokke-Wiig (Norway) with Sutherland Hussey Architecture (Scotland), Buro Happold UK (UK)

Shortlisted entries receive £30,000 with the winner taking home the same amount again.

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