Istitution: Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)
Research: The Scarcity and Creativity Studio
Tutor: Prof. C. Hermansen, Prof. S. Sandness, Prof. M. Wojcik | Year: 2016
Team: A. Ballesteros Barea, J. Brekken, S. Cais Soler, A. Chan, R. Fournier, I. Heggebø, J. Høy, S. Loe, B. Trung Mai, A. Niedermayr, S. Nørsterud, J. Ruud, M. Sánchez Olivares, V. Sleutel, J. Sørheim, M. Vincentz, DOF Engineers



DOF, as structural consultant of the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), has supported the SCS studio to develop and build a timber barn in Nes.

THE SCARCITY AND CREATIVITY STUDIO (SCS) is a design and build studio within the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) whose focus is on ‘translation from drawing to building’. The studio’s aim is to expose students to the full architectural process, from interacting with the clients to  building their designs.

NES MUNICIPALITY has about 20.000 inhabitants. Around 800 farms contribute to Nes being the country’s largest grain municipality. Although Nes is rural and its economy is agricultural, it is at commuting distance from Oslo. DYSTLANDHAUGEN FARM has initiated a partnership with SCS and Nes municipality. The project is an experiment where we investigate the possibility to live a rural lifestyle at a Småbruk, while still being at commuting distance from Oslo. 

STRUCTURAL CHALLENGES: the structure is composed by mechanically joint timber I beams made of OSB timber boards for the web and Grade C24 timber joist for the flanges. The innovative structural system has been studied in details, both from an analytical and constructive point of view in order to achieve a beautiful, efficient and cost effective rural architecture.

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