80 506 Re-store: Interior space


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Course content

Existing buildings and the built environment represent important resources for society. Maintaining and developing this resource is crucial both for a sustainable use of resources as well as for preservation of important cultural history.

Existing buildings are not limited to buildings that are important for the preservation of cultural heritage. Any new building will immediately become an existing building which then needs to be maintained and developed. Making reuse possible is therefore also an important aspect of the design of new buildings.

A focus on architectural and cultural history is often synonymous with a focus on details, facades and architecture as object. However, the great diversity of spatiality in the history of architecture is equally important, and is at the core of the focus on spatiality of this course.

The specific design task in this course is to incorporate new use in the 4600 sqm locomotive plant situated in Middelalderparken in Oslo. This is a big industrial building in brick completed in the late 19th century. The building has now lost its original function and is currently in use for various small workshops and offices in the middle of the park.

The students will through measurements, registrations and analysis get to know the building well. Students will also draft the building, its space and study the various architectural elements’ contributions to overall spatiality.

Parallel to this, students will conduct analyses of relevant buildings and periods in the history of architecture. With this knowledge students will further develop the spatiality of the locomotive plant with new interventions.

Course teacher: Tor Olav Austigard
Other teacher: Kjetil Sæterdal

Learning outcomes

The students will get to know aspects of existing buildings, such as materials, building technology and understand the relationship between such historical parameters and the form of the building.
Students will study various periods of architectural history closely, and strengthen their understanding og the relevance of architectural history to contemporary architecture.
The students will be confronted with typical issues and dilemmas related to maintenance and development of existing buildings. Through theoretical works as well as design projects students will get introduced to the building conservation practice and develop their own position in relation to this.

Working and learning activities

Teaching methods will be: Lectures, assignments, fieldwork, excursions and project work. All methods are relevant, but there will be a specific focus on drawing and text. Exams and Assessment methods: Participation and delivered assignments.

Professor in charge

Tor Olav Austigard


Assessment Date Duration Grade scale Oral examination
Prosjektoppgave Pass / Fail

RMS, 2015-04-13