Sustainability is key
Through our memberships in the Norwegian Green Building Council, buildingSMART and the UN Global Compact, we contribute in networks that focus both nationally and globally on the challenges facing the planet.
Our sustainability goals guide us in our work with issues regarding the environment, human rights, labour and anti-corruption.
The highly skilled sustainability group at Nordic disseminate the latest research led knowledge across our organisation.
Nordic proudly supports initiatives using architecture as a tool for social betterment
AUG Norge (Architects Without borders)
The Norwegian chapter of Architects Without Borders, Arkitekter Uten Grenser / AUG Norge, was started by architects from Nordic, and the organisation has seen a steadily increasing number of active and dedicated members. Many of the active board members are part of our team at Nordic.
AUG Norge's efforts helps improve quality of life through architectural work around the globe.https://www.augnorge.org
AUG Norge has projects in Argentina, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone and Norway.
Urban planning and social housing. https://www.augnorge.org/argentina-nicole-neighborhood
Ethiopia Siiqqee Center
Providing girls and young women with an education. https://www.augnorge.org/ethiopia-siqqe-center
Pilagas community centre
Empowering the community and facilitating production of local crafts. https://www.augnorge.org/main-st
Recently we decided to donate a 20% architect position to AUG Norge. The passionate and resourceful Paola Bornaschella will now be spending one day a week at the AUG office, leading the Argentinian projects.
Paola Bornaschella from Nordic currently spends 20% of her time working on AUG projects. Here with Alfonso Rengifo, CEO at AUG Norge.
Scarcity & Creativity Studio
As one of the design and build studios at Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Scarcity & Creativity Studio offer students the experience of taking a project off the drawing board and into the building site.
Seeking projects that benefit local communities, and can be completed with scarce resources, the students spend 4-5 weeks building with their bare hands.
We find this approach to teaching architectural skills highly inspiring and gladly support them in their work.https://scsxiamutang.wordpress.com/
See a selection of previously executed projects below.
Eco Moyo Education Centre
Free education to children from poor families in Kenya. http://scs.aho.no/eco%20moyo.htm
Lound Architects' Bookshop
Cultural development initiative in rural China. http://scs.aho.no/china%20studio.htm
Rebuilding the town of Pumanque in Chile after an earthquake. http://scs.aho.no/pumanque.htm
This student competition was established in 2010 to "challenge, motivate and promote the most skilled, innovative and committed students in the architecture profession", and we are very proud to support their mission.https://www.120hours.no/
The winners are diverse - see a selection below.
The Garden Archive
An archive of civilisation as it once was https://www.120hours.no/content/uploads/gravity_forms/1-81b86f6a538fd9e2b65847375756b9df/2019/04/team11141-small-PDF.pdf
A module based canteen and library unit for up to 8 children in China. https://www.120hours.no/content/uploads/gravity_forms/1-81b86f6a538fd9e2b65847375756b9df/2017/03/team5056-small-PDF.pdf
Personal communication in the public realm. https://www.120hours.no/content/uploads/gravity_forms/1-81b86f6a538fd9e2b65847375756b9df/2018/04/team7709-small-PDF.pdf
The last space without function
Philosophical views on spaces. https://www.120hours.no/content/uploads/gravity_forms/1-81b86f6a538fd9e2b65847375756b9df/2016/03/team2896-small-PDF.pdf
Helping young practices get a foot in the door
Achieving new commissions for young architecture practises is often a conundrum. When completed references are required to get your first project, where do you start?
To help these practises get a foothold in the construction industry, Nordic has offered a loophole in this vicious cycle.
Young practices were invited to join us as collaborating partners in selected projects, providing their portfolios with the experience needed to be able to compete for new projects on their own.