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Sustainable Pioneers

In Norway, Oslo stands as a hub of sustainable urban development and architectural innovation. With a focus on environmentally conscious construction and a commitment to creating dynamic living spaces, the city has become a showcase for progressive projects.

Oslo Kommune, the municipal authority, mandates DGNB certification for all new construction, emphasizing sustainability across various sectors. The city aspires to be the leading sustainable capital in the Nordic region.

Innovative projects:

Wooden constructions & workspaces:

  • HasleTre, by Oslotre architects was briefed as a building to develop an environmentally friendly commercial building, using reusable elements. The project reduces overall GHG emissions by 59% and is certified to BREEAM NOR Excellent standard. Constructed in 2022 and sitting at 3000m2 and over 5 floors, it is truly a sight to behold. 

  • Vertikal Nydalen by Snøhetta: A pioneering building in sustainable ventilation and energy solutions, hosting offices, restaurants, and apartments. It explores the possibilities of natural ventilation, aligning with Oslo's commitment to sustainability.

  • Sandstuveien 68 by Lundhagem: This environmentally conscious office building prioritizes sustainability, incorporating features like recycled aluminum screens and sedum-covered roofs. It achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating and Passive House Standard.

  • Landscape & public spaces:

Oslo, facing space constraints, has creatively integrated biodiversity into its urban fabric. Efforts include freeing up waterways like Hovinbekken, creating exciting park areas linked to residential zones, fostering biodiversity, and incorporating green spaces.

  • Completed in 2012, Stovner Tower is a 117-meter residential high-rise in Oslo, Norway, with 32 floors. Its modernist design adds a distinctive touch to the city's skyline, offering panoramic views of the surrounding area. Designed by LINK Arkitektur, it spans an immense 2000m2

  • Østerøy: An artificial island constructed in the Oslo Fjord to reduce CO2 emissions and pollution. LINK Arkitektur led a unique project focused on cleaning the fjord using Norwegian oysters and noble forests.

  • Hovinbekken by Bjørbekk & Lindheim: The gjenåpning (reopening) of Hovinbekken showcases the city's commitment to integrating water features into urban planning. The project involves creative solutions to make the stream an integral part of the urban landscape.


  • Ruseløkka School in Oslo, housing 690 students, features a new eco-friendly design. It incorporates a preserved historic stone wall, emphasizing sustainability through reused materials. The building follows passive design standards, ensuring energy efficiency. The seven-floor layout includes transparent lower levels, culminating in a rooftop terrace, highlighting both environmental consciousness and architectural appeal. The renovated school has been designed GASA.

  • Landbrukskvartalet: A transformation of a historic building in Landbrukskvartalet, turning former agricultural and industrial areas into an active residential quarter, blending old and new.

Oslo's Cultural Waterfront:

The city boasts three prominent cultural buildings on the waterfront, including the Edward Munch Museum, Deichmanns Bibliotek, and the National Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design.

For more information or to plan your architectural study trip to Oslo, Contact us.

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