AGATHE MONNET, LEILA MAITIA, ERLEND STRØNSTAD (BUENOS AIRES/OSLO)
NATIONAL ARCHIVES – A BUILDING IS MORE THAN A BUILDING
It keeps the marks of its histories and frames the creation of collective memory. A traumatic moment needs an exceptional reaction, but destruction is not a valuable option.
Høyblokka should be preserved because it is a testimony of essential events for Norway. Not many buildings have provoked so many opinions, discussions and histories, even during the two years it has been empty.
The proposal re-uses Høyblokka as a space for national archives. It is important that historical documents are accessible for everybody, and this building, with its memory, monumental space, and location is an ideal place for containing the ongoing history.
A mobile archive system would be distributed along the facade of each floor. It would shape an introverted space, where people can discover and discuss. A path of public stairs intersects each floor and connects the street level with a public plaza on the roof.
The team is formed by three friends from different countries, who met each other while studying and working in Europe.
Leila Maitia is a 25 years old architect. She studied in Buenos Aires, Versailles and Venice. At the present she works as an architect in different offices in Argentina and participates in several projects and competitions abroad.
Agathe Monnet is a 25 years old architect. She studied in France, Italy and Spain. She graduated from Versailles’s school in February 2014, and she currently works on several projects in Oslo.
Erlend Strønstad is a 28 years old architect. He studied in Bergen and Barcelona. At the moment he is working as an architect in Oslo, for an office and for himself.