Remoteness is the title of the exhibition opening at La Galerie d'architecture in Paris today, a voyage of exploration of innovative new projects by Reiulf Ramstad Architects, founded by Norwegian architect Reiulf Ramstad in Oslo in 1995. Inspired, as he himself admits, by the architecture of Aldo Rossi, Carlo Scarpa and Sverre Fehn, Reiulf Ramstad focuses on the expressive qualities of materials in the design of his unique, innovative projects. His projects, which have been defined as radical, bold and simple all at the same time, are designed on a variety of different scales for different programmes and functions; his works have won numerous national and international awards and all share a strong link to Scandinavia and the imposing Norwegian landscape.
A clear example of this way of working is the viewpoint over the fjords of Trollstigen, a project designed for Norway’s programme of national tourism itineraries. The construction is surrounded by the landscape of the Norwegian fjords and intended to improve visitors’ experience of perception of the landscape and natural setting. The materials the architects use and the very form of the construction are the direct result of the site’s unusual character. Reiulf Ramstad Architects have come up with a rigorous project combining a number of natural elements, including both dynamic elements such as water or the waterfall on the rocks, and static elements such as the rocks along the paths to various points of interest with views over the landscape. These points are underlined by use of different materials in the protective barriers, such as corten steel, chosen for its ability to change colour over time so that it blends into the rocks.
Romsdal Folk Museum, which appears on the exhibition poster, embodies the history and identity of the entire region in which it stands in a building offering an excellent example of Reiulf Ramstad Architects’ ability to draw on low-tech building techniques and local materials in their designs, in line with Norway’s programme of sustainable development. The museum hosts daily musical events, workshops and conferences as well as exhibitions about Norwegian culture. Its clear, simple layout makes the spaces easily accessible and fluid; the main exhibition halls are designed to be like “black boxes” in which the curators have the utmost control over the lighting. Use of sliding doors to separate spaces for both temporary and permanent exhibitions makes it easy to combine spaces in different ways as required. The museum has become an example of architecture for cultural development, offering users a great variety of different occasions and possibilities for meeting, facilitating the establishment of a community.
The exhibition also includes a number of projects under construction, awarded following international competitions or commissioned directly and built in various countries in Europe, including Breitenbach Landscape Hotel in France, Kornets Hus (a cultural centre about grains) in Hjørring - Denmark, the visitor centre at St Kilda for the archipelago that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on Lewis Island in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland.
Title: Reiulf Ramstad Architects Remoteness
Date: from November 2 to December 1st 2018
Location: La Galerie d'architecture, 11 Rue des Blancs Manteaux - 75004 Paris, France
Lecture: November 27, 2018 at 7 pm – 19h Pavillon de l'Arsenal, 21 Boulevard Morland 75004 Paris
Images courtesy of La Galeria d'Architecture – Paris
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