Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, often referred to as RRA, is an award-winning Norwegian architecture, landscape architecture, and design firm based in Oslo.
Founded by Reiulf Ramstad, the firm has a permanent staff of 16. Reiulf Ramstad is internationally known for their work in Norway, with clients like Husbanken and Oslo Sporveier. RRA’s designs range from private residential to large civic works, such as schools, restaurants, public transit stations, museums, and tourist routes. Using biomimetic and natural materials, the firm's main goal is to create unique buildings derived from logical thinking and decision-making.
RRA is affiliated with the National Association of Norwegian Architects (NAL).
In 1995, Reiulf Ramstad graduated from the Venice School of Architecture and founded his RRA firm. In its first 15 years, RRA participated in some 35 open architectural design competitions, often placing first prize. Competition designs included hotels, shopping centers, museums, colleges, and other civic centers. Among constructed prize works are the firm’s 2004 proposal for the Metro Oslo Carl Berner, and the 1998 Customs Administration and Office Building at the Gardermoen National Airport. RRA has also worked on small-scale housing projects, such as the 2002 Villa Drammen.
Although a relatively new firm, RRA gained considerable attention after the 2012 completion of their Trollstigen project, now one of Norway’s most visited tourist destinations. Since then, RRA has won numerous awards and recognitions, including the 2012 Norwegian Concrete Award and two nominations for the Mies van der Rohe Award. Currently, the firm has 16 members, including nine graduate architects and Ramstad as the architectural director.
RRA sets out to create contemporary architecture based on careful analysis and planning, taking account of the location of each project while combining research with an innovative approach. Rather than employing typical problem-solving methods, the firm frequently develops its own solutions.
Influenced by architects like Carlo Scarpo and Sverre Fehn, RRA’s style has been classified as revitalized Nordic. In order to break away from traditional Nordic architecture, RRA draws on natural materials to create different views of nature for users. The firm seeks to establish a new style of Nordic architecture and new ways of experiencing natural areas in their projects.
Taking a multidisciplinary approach centred on architecture, the firm also undertakes landscaping work, such as their 2012 cemetery grounds proposal for the Tronheim Church Council, and interior design including furniture. In 2002, the firm won the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design’s competition for the permanent exhibition, “Design and Craft 1905-2005”, covering the history of arts and crafts in Norway. RRA’s furniture designs, such as their wooden chairs, have been displayed in national and international exhibitions.
One of RRA’s better known projects, the public park design, rests on the Trollstigen plateau and is part of the National Tourist Route. Completed in 2012, the project was the winner of a 2004 competition held by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. The project features spaces highlighting the nature of the surrounding area. The Tourist Route consists of a restaurant, gallery, bridges, and paths, among other features.
The structures take up approximately 20,000 square feet on their 2 million square foot landscape, also designed by RRA. They are composed mainly of treated, cast-in-place concrete and corten steel. Although the area can accumulate up to 23 feet of snow, the structures are highly stress-resistant, yet slender. The Tourist Route has been recognized for its environmental design, using durable, sustainable, and locally-sourced materials. The project is now one of Norway’s most popular attractions.2014: Knarvik Church (under construction)
2012: Recycling Plant ISI – Baerum, Oslo, Norway
2011: Trollwall Restaurant and Service – Trollveggen, Møre og Romsdal, Norway
2011: Summer House – Fuglevik, Norway
2011: Havsdalen Holiday Home - Havsdalen, Geilo, Norway
2010: Havøysund National Tourist Route – Havøysund, Finnmark, Norway
2010: Fagerbørg Kindergarten – Fagerbørg, Oslo, Norway
2010: Korsgata 5 – Grünerløkka, Norway
2008: Villa Heshtagen Asker – Oslo, Norway
2006: University College Østfold Halden – Østfold, Norway
2006: Inside-Out Cabin – Papper, Hvaler Islands
2004: Villa on a Slope – Oslo, Norway
2003: Villa Holmenkollen – Holmenkollen, Oslo, Norway
Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter has frequently received positive reviews for its work on many different types of buildings and has been mentioned in national and global magazines. The firm has also collaborated with several authors on books about the firm. Ramstad has collaborated with Boris Jensen and Hatje Cantz on his biography.2013: Norwegian Steel Award
2013: European Steel Design Award
2013: Norwegian "Concrete Tablet" Award – Havøysund National Tourist Route
2012: Norwegian "Concrete Tablet" Award – Trollstrigen National Tourist Route
2009: ArchDaily Building of the Year – Trollstigen