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rintala eggertsson architects: gjovik care center arboretum
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nov 30, 2012
rintala eggertsson architects: gjovik care center arboretum


‘gjovik care center arboretum’ by rintala eggertsson architects, gjovik, norway
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the gjovik care center in norway is an organization dedicated juvenile asylum-seekers under the age of 15 who are in need of safety, food,
national conflict or help dealing with traumatic experiences. overlooking lake mjoesa, the ‘arboretum’ designed by local practice
rintala
eggertsson architects was a their suggestion to create a a space of refuge that could also be useful for supplementary activities.
the small garden would feature a tree from each habitable continent so that the visitors from all around the world will find a natural
connection to their homeland, with the ideas of growth and rebirth. the plan was derived from a triangulated mercator projection of the
world, where all nations are shown in a linear fashion and gives us a sense of the pieces that make up the whole. taking this triangular
outline and superimposing it into plan, represented as a short concrete foundation infilled with white rocks. fragments of naturally-charred
wood-plank wall segments act as windscreens for the various trees, creating small micro-climates and semi-private areas.
integrated benches provide seating and reflection, while gaps in the partitions allow the spaces to spill out onto the surrounding landscape
for other activities.

 

 


wooden walls sitting on a concrete base harboring the trees
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a walkway with integrated benches
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individual trees from different parts of the world in the pockets of space
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wood wall detail
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construction
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panoramic view to the lake
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floor plan / level 0

 

 


plan evolution

 

 


organization of trees, walls, and foundation

 

 

project info:

 

 

architect: rintala eggertsson architects, vibeke jenssen, kaori watanabe, sami rintala and dagur eggertsson
client: public construction and property management (statsbygg), tommy pedersen
user: gjøvik care centre
address: øverbyvegen 88-104, 2825 gjøvik, norway
user representative: norwegian directorate for children, youth and family affairs (bufetat), anne-beth brekke, geir rune nyhus and kai børresen    
curator: public art norway (koro), mette kvandal and per henrik svalastog
building team: dagur eggertsson, julian fors, fabricio ferreira fernandes, matthew donnachie, sölvi magnússon, kaori watanabe and vibeke jenssen.

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