The International Urban Furniture Exhibition Shanghai 2020

Xiong'an competition

26th November 2020

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The design project for Xiongan New City Urban Facilities by ‘AHO TEAM’ is included in the International Urban Furniture Exhibition, which opened on 25th November in Shanghai. The project won the third prize in May 2020 in the international competition, organized by Hebel Xiongan New Area Authorities and CAFA - Central Academy of Fine Arts from Beijing.

Photography Exhibition: Five Houses

Seeing Interiors by Stefano Graziani

22nd October 2020

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Before traveling to Norway I had the chance of visiting several times the Nordic Pavilion at Giardini della Biennale already when I was a student in architecture in Venice. That building is indeed among the most beautiful pavilions at Giardini. I imagine the white concrete (and the tectonic) having a lot to do with the winter light reverb and reflection on the snow, it always suggests me thinking about the white, fading Nordic light. That pavilion is very close to Venezuela pavilion by Carlo Scarpa, the two buildings are facing each other. The two architects meet each other precisely in Venice at the Biennale; probably traditional Japanese architecture and the work of Kiyonari Kikutake together with Kazuo Shinohara are the common aspects in the works of Sverre Fehn and Carlo Scarpa, I like to see Japan in their works. I had a first visit to several architectures of Fehn in Norway during September 2020 with the idea of coming back photographing interiors a second time in winter. Photography has embedded in its language the quality of being a document, every photograph very clearly documents at least two aspects; the content, i.e. what we see, and the act of seeing itself, i.e. the decisions of the photographer.

Stefano Graziani

3rd prize in International Invited Competition

Xiong'an competition

15th May 2020

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The design project for Xiong'an New City Urban Facilities by ‘AHO TEAM’ won the third prize in May 2020 in the international competition, organized by Hebel Xiongan New Area Authorities and CAFA - Central Academy of Fine Arts from Beijing. 


The architects of ‘AHO TEAM’ are Neven Mikac Fuchs, Pascal Flammer, Aleksandra Ognjanov, Giacomo Pelizzari, Chris Johan Engh, Aleksandra Basic, Siri Merete Birkeland, Stine Mari Gallefoss, Ted Wikborg Wiese and Thomas McQuillan.

The vision of Xiong'an urban furniture was based on the idea of social sculptures with a strong identity, sustainably integrating human, technical and productive resources. The social sculptures connect people and the urban community while creating outdoor public comfort. They operate either as small public spaces where form and material provide a comfortable environment for everyday life or as objects that organize larger urban landscapes.

Neven Mikac Fuchs is visiting professor at MIAW 2018

Living Periphery: Architecture as Public Space

Politecnico di Milano

Since 2014, every Miaw edition focused on a specific area, theme or question related with the architectural and urban transformation of Milan, so that the outcoming projects were a relevant contribution for a vision of the future city. In this edition 2018, Miaw studios will concentrate around some strategic urban areas, as part of the regeneration program of the peripheries, both in the sphere of academic research (Ri-formare Milano - Periferie), and political programming at the local, national (Piano delle Periferie), and international (C-40 Reinventing Cities) levels.

The general theme of this edition is “architecture in periphery”, and the question is “how can architecture improve public space and relations in places that suffer a lack of sociality, urbanity and formal order”. The role of public space − that belongs to and defines community life at a both real and symbolic level − has clearly taken center stage in the debate on the critical issues of the contemporary city, and will be central to the workshop program. The issues now affecting the development of urban space demonstrate the obsolescence of the traditional techniques and instruments of urban planning and design: the management of environments that are both physically and socially degraded call for new solutions. A critical review with an experimental design approach to some of the established typologies of public architecture ( Libraries, Markets, Stations, etc.) can be used both as instruments for analysis and survey, and as a metaphorical base for the design construction of those public places where the memory of social life occurs and is layered.

Lecture by Neven Mikac Fuchs :

Nyskapende Generasjonen av Japansk Samtidsarkitekter

Thursday 30 Mar 18:00

Astrup Fearnley Museet

Kazuo Shinohara, Uehara House, Tokyo, Japan, 1976

1st prize in Invited Student Competition :

Inverted House, LIXIL JS Foundation

02 Dec 2015

Inverted House, Hokkaido, Japan, 2015

In April of 2015, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design was awarded the first prize in an architectural competition hosted by LIXIL JS Foundation, with an atypical theme: ’House for Enjoying the Harsh Cold’. The outcome, a small guest house in the wilderness of Hokkaido, seeks an intrinsic sustainability. By subtly controlling its architectonic environment, it maximises efficiency and performance of architectural elements.
The Inverted House brings the ‘harshness’ of the world into the house itself, by minimalising heated interior and creating a series of interconnected sheltered exterior spaces of various architectonic and micro-climatic qualities. The innovative architectural composition of walls, roofs and floor platforms is an attempt to create a strong experience of living within nature (even sleeping outside) through the precise architectural character given to each space. The Outside Room is covered by a large, gently sloping roof compressing toward surrounding landscape. In contrast, the Inside Room is grounded, narrow and dark, with a low view focused on snow or flowers in the Garden Room outside. The outside bath is hidden closely under the steep roof withstanding main winds, while the sleeping platform floats above snow, with a roof opening toward the sky. It’s a spatial parcours of inside-outside, with varying distance to nature, created by floor heights and roof slopes.
We imagined Inverted House as a delicate instrumentation of pieces, rather then one dominating concept. Each wall, floor, roof and pillar has been carefully considered in proportion and relation to the building as a whole and to the world in which it is built.

Studio Exhibition :

Learning From Sverre Fehn,

Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design, Oslo

5 Jun - 14 Sep 2014

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Ode to Osaka, 2014

In 1970 Sverre Fehn took part in a competition to design the Nordic Pavilion for the World Expo in Osaka, Japan, without winning. Fehn's proposal has now been recreated at the National Museum – Architecture, in the exhibition pavilion that was also designed by Fehn (1997–2008). As part of the exhibition, the AHO master studio "Learning from Sverre Fehn" displays student works from the Spring semester. The reconstruction is a collaboration between the Nasjonal Gallery and Manthey Kula Architects. Curators for the exhibition are Jérémie McGowan, Berit Johanne Henjum, and Manthey Kula Architects.

2nd Prize in Invited Student Competition:

Endless Path, LIXIL JS Foundation

25 May 2014

Endless path, 2014

LIXIL Competition“Productive Garden ─ A Space for Enjoying Hokkaido with All Five Senses”Taiki-cho, Hokkaido, Japan, is an area of expansive grasslands and wetlands where people can enjoy both the greenery of summer and the snows of winter. In Taiki-cho, people engage in farming and other activities in harmony with nature and the seasons, producing a cornucopia of delicious and nutritious food such as wild vegetables in the spring and salmon, venison and assorted fruit in the fall. Preparing and eating fresh food in these uniquely beautiful natural surroundings is a reminder of what it means to be alive, as well as an opportunity to think about our relationship to the environment. This project is intended to capitalize on the existing natural beauty of Taiki-cho, with additions or modifications as necessary. Please prepare a scenario for interaction with the natural environment, adding whatever contrivances as required. The goal is to create a space that draws visitors by appealing to all five senses, offering nature walks, scenery for gazing, dining, and more.For this 4th competition centered on the theme of the environment, the participating universities will post their research and drawings from the early design phase to completion. By sharing ideas of the same topic on Facebook, students from around the world will gain exposure to a wide range of values and perspectives that are shaped by local cultural and geographic conditions. The continuous interaction on the designated Facebook page should increase possibilities for producing new ideas of sustainability.