A Cultural Production Through Mixed Media
Interview with Øystein Rø
Who influences you graphically?
We allow ourselves to be influenced by many visual universes; Art, paintings, graphic design, films. KooZA/rch is of course a great source of inspiration.
The images created are always very atmospheric, but in diverse ways. how do you determine the aesthetic qualities of the representation of a project?
We try to explore different directions for each project, seeking to find a visual representation that communicates the nature of the place we want to create.
For the H.C.Andersen museum, for instance, we knew the author himself was a fan of collages, so it inspired us to go in that direction. The collage communicated something playful, something fairytale-like. The rough and uncomplicated collage technique allowed us to “mass-produce” a series of illustrations that showed the wide specter of spatial qualities. For a maritime museum competition we imagined making posters for the museum. So it started to merge the architecture with a graphical design.
How does the manipulation of a model through photoshop help in conveying certain point about the proposal?
It is a very helpful tool. And very efficient. At the end, sometimes the physical model is still visible in the illustrations, other times, the model has disappeared gradually behind many layers. In a competition process the incompleteness of a working model works well when things aren’t decided. It is usually very depressing to see the 3d-model before we send it to render. There is something hopeful about a physical model.
How and to what extent does your experience at 0047 gallery (Art & Architecture Gallery) influence the work at Transborder?
That is a big question. We have continued our focus on architecture as part of society. We always discuss our projects in a greater context, seeing how it connects to tendencies and micro or macro changes in society. It is very important to us how the building can perform outside of its core function. When we made exhibitions we always asked ourselves; why are we doing this show? Why is it important? This goes also for our architecture projects. They should mean something, be an accomplishment and push borders. Currently our gallery is on the move, but we are planning a new space in Oslo for it. It works today as our think tank; a space we can enter when we want to explore topics our design practice leave no room for. We are currently working on a project for Syrian architects here in Norway.
You entered the Guggenheim competition, where does the future of the art museum as an institution lie for you nowadays?
As for the future of the art museums, I think we will see institutions that increasingly work with local communities in new ways. This was the founding idea for our H.C Andersen proposal. A museum that interacted with a wide range of users and performed on many levels. In Norway we see an end to our golden age, and with less money around, art and culture must connect to a wider audience in order to defend their budgets.
Unge Kunstneres Samfund (UKS), Fotogalleriet and Forbundet Frie Fotografer – FFF (The Norwegian Association of Fine Art Photographers) and 0047 have jointly initiated a pilot project for a possible co-location in Oslo. Transborder Studio will be leading the project, investigating possible scenarios for organisational and spatial collaborations. Furthermore Transborder Studio will conduct a survey on the urban development in Oslo with the aim of locating potential sites for the project.
Sola Town Hall
The new town hall orchestrates a new pattern of movement in Sola, connecting to new infrastructure and urban space. Public space infiltrates the building, allowing for mulitple ways of access, meeting spots and areas for various events. The main meeting hall is shaped as a public stage, a political theatre, opening up to the park. The precise concrete facade of the existing wing is reinterpreted in the new building as dark, polished concrete facade elements. A hommage to the local building industry.
Rjukan Heritage Central
Rjukan is known as the birthplace of industrialization in Norway and a candidate for the UNESCO’s world heritage list. The studio believes Rjukans future is about using the past in an innovative way. The town should see the redesign of the town square in this context. Rjukan Heritage Central is generator in this work. Rjukan Heritage Central is a new organization where the different actors working with the industrial heritage come together. The heritage center is an arena for the development of the industrial complex in a number of areas, cultural and commercial. The location next to the library and the City Hall opens up new synergies. The square can become a arena that mixes innovation, business development, culture and politics.
HC Andersen House of Fairytales
Hortus Conclusus Andersen focuses on establishing a museum that becomes both a local urban actor and an attraction and competence center with international relevance.
Transborder Studio envisioned the museum to take on a program structure that enables a wide array of users to interact with the museum. A structure that activates and retells the histories and legacy of H C Andersen, not only through exhibitions and storytelling, but also by through production and a new visitor’s program for professionals. Andersen’s authorship has had global impact and his stories continue to inspire international, contemporary artists, authors, filmmakers and others. By incorporating a strategy for international, contemporary readings and research, the museum can take on a role as an arena for launching new ideas and interpretations of the authorship of H C Andersen.
Hortus Conclusus Andersen introduces the idea of an enclosed garden in Odense, defined by the museum buildings and an elevated urban promenade surrounding the garden. Though enclosed, the garden connects and interacts with the spatial compositions of Odense, and actively engages with the urban flows of the city. Both tram tracks, bicycle- and pedestrian paths permeates the garden, providing also the passers-by an experience of the museum and its magical garden.
As the main exterior feature of the museum, the enclosed garden both manifests itself as an interpretation of HC Andersen work, as well as becoming a captivating new public space in Odense.
The studio’s proposal for a new maritime science center in Randaberg is a minimalist structure set in the dramatic Jæren landscape. Its base is a subsea world narrating stories of technological advances in maritime industries, over it lighthouse level for conference and meeting functions, café and learning center, and in suspension in the air a droplet shaped balloon. The organizing element for both levels is the interactive pool, a theatre of learning and insight into the future of oceanic adventures.
Transborder Studio is an Oslo-based architecture practice. The office engages in a wide array of projects, scales, formats and collaborations.
Transborder Studios portfolio contains architectural design, urban planning, research and cultural production.