A small Norwegian city called Bodø (pronounced more like Buddha) is where you will find AJ’s building of the year
Two things worth mentioning first though: one, it’s actually two buildings, a library and a concert hall, collectively known as Stormen; and two, we haven’t reviewed it yet, although we will in AJ’s first edition of 2015.
So who is the architect? DRDH. Never heard of them? Don’t worry, few have. Yet. There’s a good reason for this: to date this London-based practice hasn’t actually built much. The last time AJ published one of its projects was nearly four and a half years ago, but that was the last project the highly skilled studio completed.
Bodø is where its architects have been ever since, ensuring this complex project was built as drawn.
AJ joined the whole practice in November this year, for the official opening with Norway’s crown prince. And while many of the Norwegian guests were distracted first and foremost by the prince’s fine moustache, AJ was rather more taken with Stormen’s smooth, off-white concrete facades, the fine-tuned interiors, the expertly detailed columns and windows, and the neatest roof we’ve ever seen. We’re willing to wager you will feel the same come January when we publish it in full.