Helen & Hard won the architectural competition for the building including a library, bank and apartments. Samling was described by the competition jury as the most remarkable proposal with strong signature effect, both inside and outside. It is designed holistically, where layout organization, construction and materials coalesce for an inclusive and inspiring spatial experience. Degree of Freedom has been the structural engineer in the project during preliminary and detailed design stages, including follow-up during construction.
Samling is a spectacular signature building characterized by complex geometry and detailing. The building is in the centre of Sand and was designed to include three different functions. One part includes offices for the Nord-Odal Sparebank1 employees. Above the bank there are two floors of apartments. The main feature of the building is the open and spacious library with high ceilings and exposed portal frames in timber.
To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, nearly all building elements are timber, an environmentally friendly material with unique environmental, aesthetic, and sensorial qualities.
The building is completed and was opened to public in June 2020.
Structural engineering during preliminary and detailed design. Technical assistance during construction.