40 509 100m³ Dwelling


Master level

Course content

The course will study a dwelling that is not specified for a specific number of residents, relationship between residents or age. The task will be to search for quality of living independent of conventions for how a home should be or what it should contain. Functionalist and conventional spatial functions will be challenged and we will ask questions such as: What is a dwelling? For whom does it work and how? When inhabited, in what way? Throughout the day but also throughout a life. How do we dwell, or how can we? With a small residential program, students can immerse themselves in housing task in a fundamental and radical way.

The dwelling is conceived in a realistic situation. Maybe urban and marginal: "between .. over .. on .. - relative to existing buildings. The architecture and housing program should primarily relate to a dense built and urban context, not to nature or the landscape. The site can well be outside Norway. This is to open our eyes to contextual references with respect to tradition, typology, building culture and available craftsmanship, materials, local climate and technology. The purpose is not to "export or import" architecture, but to avoid a myopia associated to our own tradition.

A small residence in an urban context will further make it natural to explore the scope and limits between housing and urban life, between the home and the community. Such a dense context will also require an awareness of daylight, visibility in / out and the relationship between interior and private outdoor space.

The design should be exploratory but simultaneously emphasize architectural communication considering that this is something that can be built and that it can be explained how.

Architectural development should be visually investigative and communicative through all stages of project planning, through analysis, sketches, text, working models and drawings in different scales. This process will be emphasized to a greater extent than in a conclusive project material. In particular, the parallel architectural relations between context, program, spatiality and materiality will be given priority.

Learning outcomes

∙ Of basic features of a small dwelling
∙ Of the relation between context and construction
∙ Of the architectonic role of technologies

∙ Proficiency in model-making
∙ Proficiency in drawing details

∙ Ability to conceive and detail a small dwelling
∙ Ability to develop details that reinforce a spatial idea

Working and learning activities

The course follows an AHO studio typology in which students are expected to maintain a presence in the studio and participate in regular meetings. Individual tutorials will be conducted by the instructors at the drawing board. A common model will form the basis of a common discussion of the projects. Projects will be reviewed in 3 crits.

The final examination is a public review, and the course will be evaluated equally on the following criteria:
∙ Participation
∙ Process
∙ Final project

Professor in charge

Håkon Vigsnæs og Sissel Gromholt