Geir Brendeland and Olav Kristoffersen

Brendeland & Kristoffersen


Brendeland & Kristoffersen architects was founded by Olav Kristoffersen and Geir Brendeland in 2002 after winning an open architectural competition for social housing at Svartlamoen in Trondheim. Brendeland & Kristoffersen architects has received several major design awards including selection to the Mies van der Rohe Award (2007) and the Architectural Review Awards for Emerging Architecture (2005 and 2008) as well as the Norwegian Wood Prize (2014). Most of their built works have been published and exhibited extensively in Norway and internationally, including at the Architecture Biennale in Venice 2012.

The practice works on different scales from urban planning to small architectural installations, and has a specific interest in typologies, the vernacular, restrained complexity and low tech. The projects are thoroughly local, very direct responses to their contexts, but they transcend the possible parochial nature of this condition through conceptual and constructional rigour. A singular and deliberately unspectacular expression and a reduced palette based on simple and sustainable materials such as wood are extended throughout the buildings.

Images: David Grandorge, Geir Brendeland

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