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Stefan Climent, Market Development Manager, Ruukki Norway | May. 5, 2020
Nineteen degrees Celsius, partly sunny, was the weather conditions in the hometown of Mr. Ben Feicht (Austin, Texas) when he visited Oslo on the 25th of January. The reason of the visit was that he was awarded the first price of The Unbelievable Challenge; €1,000 cash prize and 10-week internship at Snøhetta, with his contribution “Unwrapped”.
The day started with an introduction to Snøhetta. During almost 2 hours he got a good introduction and insight in the work of Snøhetta, by Deputy managing Director, Senior Architect March Mr. Simon Ewings: “Snøhetta is a place that nobody is from, but anyone can go to. Snøhetta (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈsnøːˌhɛtɑ]) began as a collaborative architectural and landscape workshop, and has remained true to its trans-disciplinary way of thinking since its inception. Our work strives to enhance our sense of place, identity and relationship to others and the physical spaces we inhabit, whether feral or human-made. Museums, markets, reindeer observatories, landscapes and dollhouses get the same care and attention to purpose”.
After the “Texas style” lunch, at a local burger restaurant, we headed out on a project and reference excursion in Oslo and its surroundings.
UNIQUE BUILDINGS – UNIQUE ARCHITECTURE
A14 at Bjørvika was designed by Niels Torp AS Arkitekter MNAL . I was proud to introduce to Ben that Ruukki had produced and delivered the aluminum cladding behind the curtain glass wall.
Next visit was to DnB headquarter at Barcode, Oslo – designed by MVRDV and DARK Arkitekter The steel structure and the piles were detailed designed, produced and installed by Ruukki. Read more about this building that was awarded the European Steel Design Awards in 2015 here.
Statoil’s office in Oslo is one of the kind! This nine-storey architecturally unique building, designed by A-lab, was as amazing as in the pictures you have seen online. I was glad to introduce this building to Ben, where Ruukki designed, produced and installed steel structures.
Read more about this building here.
And one would not miss to take a stroll on the roof of Oslo Opera House when visiting Oslo! I wanted Ben to experience this, too. The building is designed by Snøhetta. To this beautiful building in the heart of Oslo Ruukki supplied retaining walls and steel piles. In addition we supplied the steel structure which we also made the detailed design of, produced and installed. Read more about our reference here
LOOKING FORWARD TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ARCHITECTURE AND CULTURES
The jury of the Unbelievable Challenge 2017 competition received inspiring and insightful entries from aspiring designers in 22 countries. Mr. Ben Feicht, showed unparalleled talent and vision in his creation, which provided a new solution on how to showcase the mall interiors through the building façade.
The jury summed up the performance: “The most crucial insight was to use mirrors that make the interior visible to the street and vice versa. This tied the mall to its surroundings, and made the shops inside a part of city life, attracting people to explore the inside of the building”.
View concept boards and full description (.pdf)
Mr. Ben Feicht is very much looking forward to start his internship at Snøhetta in August this year, and during that period of the year we can promise him that the weather temperature for sure will be closer to what he is used to in Austin, Texas.
On behalf of Ruukki and our partners we wish him a warm welcome back to Oslo.