The two buildings are located on a hilly site with large pine trees.
On April 21 the prestigious Norwegian Masonry Award was given to a housing project, designed by architects R21, about 8 km west of Oslo.
The award which is given by Norsk Murforum / Byggutengrenser in cooperation with Norwegian architects’ national federation aims to stimulate and develop the use of good masonry in Norwegian buildings.
This year's winning project consists of two square blocks situated on Furulundsveien in Ullern located near a timber house from 1962 on a hilly site with large, old pine trees. The architects chose brick to create a clear distinction between the new buildings and the existing villa. The masonry is made of D96 in different bonds and reliefs to create a play of shadows and in order to break down the buildings’ volumes. The balconies are clad with C96, which emphasizes them as lighter elements.
"This year the jury received a record number of proposals for the Masonry Award. Eventually we chose the housing project on Furulundsveien, which is distinguished by outstanding architecture, superb craftsmanship, and clever adaptation to the environment," said jury leader, Ole H. Krokstrand in his speech at the award ceremony.