KOHT Arkitekter has won an international competition to expand one of Norway’s s largest university campuses in Trondheim. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim launched their masterplan competition in December last year, setting the deadline for the first stage in January 2017. The emerging studio, consisting of Anders Olivarius Bjærneseth (27), Kenneth Larssen Lønning (25), Jonas Velken Kverneland (27) and Christopher Wilkens (32) beat 39 competing proposals before winning in the two-stage competition.
Compiling a total of 120 000 square meters, the expansion of the university will take place in the period of 2016-2025. Approximately 40 proposals were submitted, before the jury announced KOHT Architects the winner of the two stage competition.
The assignment was to create an overall conceptual structure for the campus by collocation of its existing facilities within the competition area, the area west of the existing campus Gløshaugen.
“The proposal substantiates the intention to create a unifying campus. The academic community is unified, and the concentration of the overall structure is making the campus accessible with short distances between these different communities.”, the jury stated in their concluding report.
Trondheim is the third largest city in Norway, and home to some of the country’s leading science, technology and medical institutions including various campuses of the NTNU, Sør Trøndelag University College and St Olavs University Hospital. The brief for the new proposal was to create a conceptual new structure for the campus while integrating existing facilities within the competition area. The area to be transformed is west of the existing main campus in Gløshaugen, totaling 120,000 square meters.
It was really a pleasure to help out the guys from Koht to win this competition on Norway´s largest university campus. Simple yet effective design which led this young and talented studio to strike the gold.
Clear the road for the new generations of architects!