A joint effort between Scandinavian architects wins Oslo tower competition

Image of the Nordic light Tower
Winning first prize in an invited competition, the Nordic Light tower was designed by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter in collaboration with CF Møller
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Back in 2017, Norwegian architects Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter teamed up with Danish practice CF Møller to enter an invited competition for a brand new mixed-use tower in Oslo; and the firms are already reaping the rewards of their collaboration, having just scooped the first prize with their joint design concept, Nordic Light.

Spanning 50,000 sq m, the high rise scheme, called Fjordporten by the developers, sits in Oslo S, the Norwegian capital’s Central Station square, right at the city’s heart. The project is large-scale and visually arresting, and is set to encompass a train station, conference and cultural facilities in the base, and office space (and option for a hotel) in the tower’s body. 

Anchored in the area’s style of matching ‘tradition and innovation’, the complex uses wood in combination with modern materials, such as structural concrete and high tech glass, explain the architects. The aim was to create a development that feels at home within its context and the Scandinavian way of life, but also represents a forward thinking, contemporary piece of architecture, fit for the 21st century. 

According to the competition’s panel of judges, the Nordic Light’s sleek, winning design ticks all those boxes. At the same time, the project was conceived to be environmentally friendly and sustainable, uniting transport, travel, work, leisure, culture and industry within one visually coherent whole. It is also set to contribute to the area’s vibrant character. Its strategic location, nearby the ever-growing Bjørvika neighbourhood, will no doubt make Nordic Light a ‘popular and natural meeting destination’, say the architects. 

The project is currently in further design development.

Image of the train station at the Nordic Tower

The project includes a train station, conference and cultural facilities in the base, and office (and option for a hotel) in the tower

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A view of the Tower lit up from across a lake

The team envisioned the building as a ’forward-looking and robust hub’, where transport, travel, work, leisure, culture and industry meet

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Ani inside view of the Tower

The architects’ top priorities were to create something that is site specific, befitting the needs of the local culture, and environmentally friendly

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For more information visit the Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter website and CF Moller Arkitekter website

Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture & Environment Director at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018), Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020) and House London (2022).