The University of Oslo announces the winners for their new ‘Climate House’ within the public Botanical Gardens in Oslo city centre: A collaboration by Lund Hagem/Atelier Oslo/Expology.
Competition guidelines demanded a tight working relationship between architects, exhibition designers, landscape designers and engineers - to create a unified expression of building and exhibition. The purpose of the Climate House (Klimahus) is to raise awareness of climate - what it is? What is Climate Change? and what are the consequences for all life on earth?
Expology collaborated with Lund Hagem Architects and Atelier Oslo to deliver their winning concept: ‘Changing Patterns’. Together, Lund Hagem and Atelier Oslo have recently designed the new Deichmann Library - Oslo’s first large-scale public building designed to Passive-House standard (currently under construction). Expology is a design studio that ‘tells stories through physical and digital experience’.
The team aimed for impressive environmental standards without allowing green architecture to override its identity as a building primarily about Climate Change. ‘We explored ways for the building to express its own story – and where we settled, was with the design of a climate machine’ says Expology’s Gordon Ryan. ‘The building itself will change to reflect the new seasons, and will be used to explain the concepts of air currents, evaporation, precipitation, radiation, greenhouse etc. our climate system has always been changing - but what challenges do we face now and in the future? As we experience new weather patterns can we create new living patterns in response? What about our own patterns - expectations of ourselves, and of our government?' says Ryan. 'The Climate House invites us to observe change and it will inspire change’.
The Climate House will be a full-timber construction on a light GGBS concrete platform foundation. It's shape allows for natural air circulation, and during the summer months, the incoming air will travel across a stored pool of rainwater for evaporation pre-cooling before entering the building. Transolar and Bollinger + Grohmann have cooperated on building energy modelling and embodied carbon minimisation. In addition, the building has been shaped to create an optimal exhibition environment with a distinguishable arena for lectures, events, debates and conferences.
Central to the entrance lobby and Auditorium, will be a suspended globe, that is exposed to external weather within the rain-collection and air circulation column. The installation will tell the story of a weather patterns and powerful natural forces.
Within the exhibition, a 'market of possibilities' will display regular items from our lives, along with their background story and how they relate to climate and climate change. The market of possibilities is designed to widen our understanding of how our own living patterns and choices are linked with issues around climate change both now, and into the future.
Other collaborators on the team include Tamschick Media Space (Berlin) for their development of an impressive and submersive media experience as a centrepiece to the exhibition. Also, Atsite Landscape Architects (Oslo) who developed an exciting interactive natural environment surrounding the building, including a programme of large sculptural elements.
An exhibition at Oslo's Botanic Gardens will open in August, and will show all shortlisted submissions as well as the winning concept.
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