Winning proposal for new technical college in Norway

07.03.204 / In collaboration with Nordic, Hent, Sweco, Norconsult and Bjørbekk & Lindheim we have won the competition for the new Voss technical college. Six teams participated in the competition for the 12,000-sqm technical college located in scenic surroundings in Voss, Norway. The contract value for the project is around 350 million NOK.
The new Voss technical college will in­clude six vo­ca­tional pro­grams with about 380 stu­dents and 100 em­ploy­ees. In the win­ning proposal, the vo­ca­tional pro­grams are spread out in a com­po­si­tion of rec­tan­gu­lar build­ing vol­umes in an H-shape, stretch­ing from a com­mu­nal cen­tral space to­wards the sur­round­ing land­scape.
In ad­di­tion, the technical college will con­tain a mul­ti­func­tional hall, pro­vid­ing suit­able spaces for sports and cul­tural events. The technical college is thus de­signed as a hub for a mul­ti­tude of ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­pe­ri­ences.
“The pro­posal has a clear or­gan­i­sa­tion and a solid gen­eral con­cept. The technical college's var­i­ous rooms and fea­tures are ar­tic­u­lated in the fa­cade ex­pres­sion in a con­vinc­ing man­ner. The pro­posal also shows the com­pe­ti­tion's best qual­i­ties with re­spect to the con­tact be­tween in­side and out­side through the main school square, which has views of both court­yards in ad­di­tion to the can­teen near the lake", the jury highlights.
The jury is par­tic­u­larly ex­cited about the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween in­door and out­door ar­eas. The ar­chi­tec­tural com­po­si­tion, large win­dows and sky­lights cre­ate a bright learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Day­light and views are highly val­ued and the cen­tral square along­side the mul­ti­func­tional hall pro­vides space for com­mu­nity and cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences.