REIULF RAMSTAD ARCHITECTS – NORTH SENSIBILITY

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Recently at an Architizer award ceremony in New York  Reiulf Ramstad Architects accepted the Firm of the Year Award for producing an exceptional range of unique projects for 3 successive years.  Founder and design principal Reiulf Ramstad together with Kristin Stokke Ramstad, the firm’s managing director and CEReiulf Ramstad1O accepted the Architizer award.  The Architizer award is the result of an increasingly glowing reputation that now extends beyond the border of their native homeland, Norway.  RRA is one of the few studios in Norway today with such an impressive and diverse portfolio of completed projects.  The projects stretch across a wide range of landscapes as diverse as heavily populated urban flat lots and uninhabited mountain top locations.  The common link between all projects is the overriding representation of humanist values.  Drawing influence from architects such as Carlo Scarpo and Sverre Fehn, RRA’s style has been characterized as “Revitalized Nordic”.  In a break away from traditional Nordic architecture, RRA relies on natural materials to create unique views of nature for its building’s occupants.  A clear effort to establish a new style of Nordic architecture is apparent and in the process new and refreshing ways of experiencing natural areas are the result.


We have earned a reputation for creating bold, simple architecture with a strong connection to the Scandinavian landscape

REIULF RAMSTAD, FOUNDER RRA


RRA Kiruna Guesthouse
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RRA GUIDING PRINCIPLES

According to RRA it sets out to create contemporary architecture based on careful analysis and planning, taking account of the location of each project while combining research with an innovative approach.  Rather than employing typical problem-solving methods, the firm strives to develop its own solutions.

RRA has developed a dialog-based process for project development whereby clients and users contribute.   By maintaining a close dialogue with different user groups functional solutions are reached with a high degree of usability.

RRA’s designs range from private residential to large civic works, such as schools, restaurants, public transit stations, museums, and tourist routes. Using biomimetic and natural materials, the firm’s main goal is to create unique buildings derived from logical thinking and decision-making.

LUXNISEKO the Reflektor will be sharing a series of projects by RRA in the coming months.  Each project selected will aim to show RRA’s unique architectural approach to the Alpine environment in Northern Europe.  The first project we have elected to examine is located way up North in an extreme climate.  Despite the challenges there is great hope and energy in this place.  The project is called Kiruna Guesthouse and following is its compelling story.


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KIRUNA GUESTHOUSE NORTH OF ARCTIC CIRCLE

AVAILABLE BOOKS

REIULF RAMSTAD ARCHITECTS – SELECTED WORKS

MONOGRAPH.IT#4

ASBUILT 3: ØSTFOLD UNIVERSITY COLLEGE


FURTHER READING

GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER “Kiruna: the town being moved 3km east so it doesn’t fall into a mine” 22/10/2014 by Oliver Wainwright


CONTACTS

RRA WEBSITE   REIULF RAMSTAD ARCHITECTS

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