renovation of the Embassy
Renovation of the building acquired by the Kingdom of Norway was put out to European tender, and was won by Altiplan° in partnership with Norwegian architects Hille Melbye Arkitekter, Oslo.
The mixed-use building consisting of a commercial ground floor and four shops, has undergone a major renovation to convert a ’60s structure into a luxury, top performance building.
The diplomatic services are grouped in the upper floors of the building, allowing various Norwegian entities and federations to congregate on the lower floors, thereby creating an integrated Norwegian presence in the heart of the capital of Europe.
In a typical Norwegian spirit, the architecture is decidedly simple but refined. In the mass of rock are carved various interventions marking the main entrance, the connection to the neighbouring property, and the skyline.
Sustainability is embodied in many aspects of this project: preservation of the existing structure, maintaining the diversity of functions, use of sustainable materials like stone and wood, energy performance.
Being a state building, specially commissioned artworks have been incorporated into the project, with the interior decoration and furniture showing to advantage a number of particularly talented Norwegian designers.