Norwegian Wood – Stavanger

Norwegian Wood is a multitude of projects under one umbrella. It is one of the largest projects of Stavanger 2008 – European City of Culture. Stavanger is Europe’s largest timber city and Norwegian Wood will further develop this tradition by realizing 15 exemplary building projects with innovative and environmentally friendly timber architecture.

Projects finished in 2008
• Jåtten East B7 – 73 self-build low-energy rowhouses, Stavanger (April Arkitekter, Norway)
• Lanternen – a protected town square and open-air stage in Langgata, Sandnes. (Atelier Oslo, Norway / AWP, France)
• Preikestolhytta – a new Tourist Association mountain lodge close to Preikestolen in Ryfylket (Helen & Hard AS, Norway) • Egenes Park – 58 urban dwellings and a four department kindergarten at Eiganes, Stavanger (Onix, Holland / HLM arkitektur og plan, Norway)
• Marilunden – 10 houses connected by garages at Godeset, Stavanger (Sivilarkitekt Wilhelm Eder, Norway / Noncon:form, Austria)
• Lierdal gård og kulturlandskap – transformation of a barn (Helge Schjelderup sivilarkitekter MNAL AS, Norway)

Projects under construction:

• Bogafjell 1 – 24 detached houses and terraced houses car park, Sandnes (RAMP, Norway / YOUMEHESHE, UK)
• Bogafjell 2 – 26 detached houses and terraced houses car park, Sandnes (CODE, Norway)

Planned projects
• Pedestrian bridge at Forus – forms a part of the tour/cycle route net Svanholmen, Forus (Selberg Arkitektkontor, Norway)
• Tilbygg Stavanger – villa extension kit for houses inside the timber city. (Christian Schöberle, sivilarkitekt MNAL, Norway)
• Valenheimen – artists’ housing in Fartein Valen’s landscape, Valevåg, Sveio (Arkitektgruppen Valenheimen – Norway)
• Siriskjær – 150 apartments in Urban Seafront, Stavanger (Studio Ludo, Norway / AART, Denmark)
• Jåtten East B8 – housing and apartment blocks with approx. 100 dwellings, Stavanger (April Arkitekter, Norway)
• Eideåna bridge- pedestrianbridge is part of the North Sea Countries route net, Egersund (Arne Eggen Arkitektkontor, Norway)

Further information can be found in Ecobox database.

Norwegian Wood will contribute to make the Stavanger region a display window both nationally and internationally for environmentally friendly architecture. A main goal is to develop building projects of high architectural quality where main criteria are: low energy use, principles of universal design, use of environmentally friendly materials and new, rational, timber building systems.

Planning processes
Norwegian Wood is a wide collaboration lead by NAL | ECOBOX. It is also an educational arena for those involved – architects, consultants, developers, contractors, the timber industry, construction workers and municipalities. To contribute to this education, NAL | ECOBOX arranges international architectural competitions, seminars and multidisciplinary workshops and a large international conference (Norwegian Wood Conference). The Norwegian wood concept includes both building and research projects.

A set of general criteria has been developed as a foundation for the building design:
convincing architectural quality,
timber must be the main material used in all projects,
low energy consumption,
and universal design, meaning accessibility for all.



Global Danish architecture [# 2] : housing / edited by Marianne Ibler, Boliger / redigeret af Marianne Ibler. – København : Archipress M, c2007. -234 s. : ill.ISBN 978-87-91872-02-0 (h.)

Architectural journals
Arkitektur N 2009,nr.3,s.26-29
Arkitektur N 2009,nr.3,s.12-25
Rum 2009,nr.3,s.84-91
Architekt 2009,nr.3,s.48-51
Blueprint 2009,nr.276,s.42-43,45,47-48
Domus 2009,nr.922,bilag,s.75-80
Puu 2008,nr.4,s.26-31
Arkitektnytt 2008,nr.11,s.16-21
Arkitektur N 2008,nr.7,s.11-71
Arkitektnytt 2008,nr.6,s.19
Arkitektnytt 2007,nr.11,s.14
Arkitektnytt 2007,nr.6,s.14-15
Byggmesteren 2006,nr.3,s.52-53
Byggmesteren 2006,nr.2,s.44-45
Arkitektnytt 2006,nr.2,s.29
Arkitektnytt 2005,nr.20,s.6-7

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