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Haptic and Nordic win Norwegian government HQ contest

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A team featuring Haptic Architects has been named joint winner of an international contest for a new 150,000m² government complex in central Oslo

The London and Oslo-based practice is part of a team led by Norwegian big hitter Nordic Office of Architecture which has been selected for the next stage of the prestigious commission.

A rival team lead by Oslo’s LPO Arkitekter and known as ‘G8+’ is the other joint winner. Both teams will now begin negotiations with the client and a final choice of winner for the job will be announced in October.

Gudmund Stokke, principal partner at Nordic said: ‘We have designed a timeless scheme which has the potential of enhancing the central areas of Norway’s capital city and providing great working conditions for coming generations of government workers.’

Haptic director Tomas Stokke added: ‘This competition is one of the most extensive and complex we have ever participated in, with more than 50 people involved in our competition team. We are very proud to be part of this amazing team and to have made it this far. This project, when completed, will set a new benchmark for offices in Norway, and internationally, and is a major stepping stone for our practice.’

Organised by Norway’s state building agency (Statsbygg) – the competition sought proposals for a new 150,000m² government quarter in the Regjeringskvartalet area of the historic capital city.

The large-scale regeneration – which will modernise three existing structures and deliver six new buildings – comes five years after the district was targeted by a terrorist bomb.

The device – detonated by Anders Behring Breivik on 22nd July 2011 – killed eight people and injured more than 200 others. Several buildings in the area were also heavily damaged.

The reconstruction project will deliver around 5,700 workplaces and is expected to be one of the most extensive and complex architectural schemes ever undertaken in Oslo. Nordic previously completed a feasibility study for the project (pictured).

Last year Haptic won an international competition for a new 12,000m² elderly housing scheme in historic Drøbak, Norway.

The studio’s 20ha cancer research hub in south London – developed with Nordic – was also approved in November last year.

The full shortlist

Team URBIS (Joint winner)

Nordic – Office of Architecture, Rambøll, SLA, Bjørbekk & Lindheim, Asplan Viak, COWI, Aas-Jakobsen, Per Rasmussen.

Subconsultants: Haptic Architects, Scenario, NIKU

G8+ (Joint winner)

LPO Arkitekter, A-Lab, Ratio Arkitekter, IARK, Gullik Gulliksen AS, Sweco, Norconsult, Dr. Techn. Olav Olsen as

Niels Torp+

Niels Torp + arkitekter, HRTB Arkitekter, Code arkitektur, Grindaker landskapsarkitekter, bar bakke landskapsarkitekter, WSP Norge, Høyer Finseth, Unionconsult, AJL, Deltatek, ECT


Dyrvik Arkitekter, Narud Stokke Wiig AS, L2 Arkitekter, Østengen & Bergo AS, Landskapsfabrikken, Insenti, Høyer Finseth, Haug og Blom-Bakke AS, Unionconsult, Deltatek, Malnes og Endresen AS

Subconsultants: Høyer Finseth

Team DNA

Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, Pir II, 3RW, LALA Tøyen, Smedsvig Landskapsarkitekter, WSP Norge, Høyer Finseth, Niras og ECT

Subconsultants: SAAHA, 70° Nord, Deltatek

Team Magna

Snøhetta, LINK arkitektur, Multiconsult, Hjellnes Consult og Erichsen & Horgen

Team R

Lund Hagem Arkitekter, Dronninga Landskap, Høyer Finseth, ÅF Advansia, ÅF Reinertsen

Subconsultants: Tegn_3, Atelier Oslo, Pabas, UnionConsult, Safetec



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