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This design has been chosen to replace the Norwegian government HQ damaged in fatal 2011 attacks

The design, named Adapt, was chosen this week.

A CO-DESIGN TEAM led by Nordic – Office of Architecture and Haptic architects (named Team Urbis) has been chosen to replace the government headquarters damaged in the 22 July 2011 attacks.

The tower block housing the Prime Minister’s office in the Regjeringskvartalet area of Oslo was severely damaged when Anders Bering Breivik planted car bomb there, killing eight people before his rampage on Utoya island where he killed 69 people.

The design, named Adapt, was this week chosen by Statsbygg – the Norwegian Directorate of Public Construction and Property – to design the headquarters.

Statsbygg announced that:

“Adapt was a clear winner and the highest ranked project by the jury. Team Urbis also scored highest with regards to method statement and key personnel.”

The design team says that the area will be:

“[T]he centre for decision making in Norway, an efficient, well-functioning, compact and attractive work space. At the same time, it should feel like a natural extension of the city – a place where its citizens want to spend time, with new squares, parks, cafés and a visitor centre.”

The area will feature parks and rooftop green spaces.

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Gudmund Stokke, principal partner of Nordic Office of Architecture told Dezeen:

“We wanted to design a Government Headquarters that is an attractive place for visitors, that communicates Norwegian ideals of transparency and democracy and that is an inclusive and exemplary workplace.

“It is a task of historical significance and one we undertake with humility and the greatest respect.”

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