The practice focuses on projects with potential for outstanding and meaningful architecture, most often closely related to nature and preferably in strong natural settings with harsh climate. The practice explores modern possibilities with sensual and tactile means, seeking the right character for the place and purpose. Clear and understandable strategies attempts to results that are both self-evident and sensational. Larger projects results most commonly from competition-winning schemes, smaller from the reputation of former clients and structures.
Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs and Alessandra Kosberg. Jarmund and Vigsnæs were born in 1962 in Oslo and graduated from the Oslo School of Architecture in 1987 and 1989. Håkon spent one year at the Architectural Association (AA) in London and Einar took a Masters degree from University of Washington in Seattle. Håkon worked with Sverre Fehn, while Einar taught and worked in Seattle. Both have been teaching in Oslo and Bergen, and were visiting Professors at Washington University in St. Louis in 2004 and at University of Arizona, Tucson in 2005.
Jarmund / Vigsnæs Architects were established in 1995 after teaching and independent practice for both partners. The office employs today 13 architects. In 2004 we included a third partner, Alessandra Kosberg. She is born in 1967, graduated from the Oslo School of Architecture in 1995, and started working with JVA in 1997.
The exhibition “Lost in Nature” has traveled Europe and Latin America since opening in La Galerie d’architecture, Paris, April 2007. For 2009 - 2010 a journey through the US and Asia is planned.
1998: Administration building for the governor of Svalbard, Longyearbyen.
1999: Kvitsøy Coastal Control, Norway. 1. prize competition 1997.
2001: Oslo School of Architecture, Norway. 1. prize competition 1998.
2002: Turtagrø Hotel, Jotunheimen, Norway.
2002: Red House, Oslo, Norway.
2005: Svalbard Science Center, Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen. 1. prize competition 2001.
2006: Norwegian Ministry of Defence, Akershus Fortress, Oslo.
2006: White House, Baerum, Norway.
2006: Triangle House, Nesodden Norway.
2006: Gallery Trafo, Asker, Norway
2007: Dønning community building, Lofoten, Norway
2008: Oslo International School, Bærum Norway.
2008: Edge House, Kolbotn, Norway
2008: Farm house, Toten, Norway
2009: Summer House Vestfold 2, Norway