About the project
BI Norwegian Business School in Bergen has moved into a modern campus complex with facilities for 2,250 students at Marineholmen, close to the city centre. Vestre AS supplied furniture and equipment for the foyer and rugged outdoor areas, which emphasise the location’s maritime history.
All photos: Vestre/Odd Furenes
The complex consists of a teaching building and an office building joined by a glass linking structure, the foyer. The outdoor areas can be divided roughly into three: the slipway, the quayside and the square. The square is softer and greener than the other two areas.
Frode Pedersen, a landscape architect with Smedsvig Landskapsarkitekter, tells Bygg.no that the main architectural concept was to start with what was on the site and preserve as much of it as possible.
“The fact that this is a gritty area should shine through.”
Both architect Arne Smedsvig and landscape gardener Anders Askeland say in the same article that high-quality materials were used in the outdoor areas.
“As well as recycling a lot of steel, we had some items made in Corten steel,” says Askeland.
“This acquires a rusty patina, but does not corrode.”
Source: Outdoor areas, BI Marineholmen, Building No. (2012)