Dark Arkitekter is an Oslo-based architecture studio, with an interdisciplinary approach, covering works of landscape-, urban- and interior design. We are engaged in the entirety of building, from small-scaled housing to city-scaled urban planning. Comprised of about 40 architects and designers, with widely different backgrounds, our versatility is our expertise.
Our philosophy is to always provide projects with qualities that surpass the demands of the task. We possess the experience to take on the biggest and most complex projects, and have the proficiency to manage these – from preliminary analysis to completion and follow-up. Yet, we still get kicks from designing beautiful staircases or solving intricate details. We take pride in combining youthful enthusiasm with accumulated knowledge, and our office is an assorted mixture of age and competence.
Our work has international perspective, yet a strong local commitment. We care for the development of Norwegian cities, and concern for global phenomena. In our projects, we always seek solutions that enhance social and local values. We believe in sensitive and thoughtful treatment of our surroundings - based on knowledge, collaboration and enthusiasm. Sustainable and durable solutions emerge through an active and inclusive dialogue with clients, users and external expertise.
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Dark Arkitekter makes the largest share of the bigger Dark Group, consisting of collaborating offices of interrelated disciplines. Our premises, at Skøyen, is a shared community of several architectural practices - one of the largest professional communities in Norway.
The studio was established in 1988, and built its reputation on trustworthiness, by always delivering as planned, on time and on budget. These attributes still account as an important part of how we operate. Although we are proud of our history, we design for the future and search for architectural progression, innovation and awareness.
Dark had a strategic turning point in 2003 when we were part of the winning-team for the Barcode general plan in Oslo, and assigned to fulfill three of the buildings. Since, the office has been involved in large, important development projects, such as Fornebuporten, Økern Green Portal and Oslo Cancer Cluster Innovation park, as well as urban transformations of cities such as Asker and Larvik.
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Dark is a member of the Norwegian Green Building Council, and contributed to the introduction of the environmental management tool BREEAM in Norway. It’s our belief that sustainability strategies should be an integrated part of every project. That’s why we BREEAM certify our employees, to ensure the presence of sustainability awareness and knowledge.
We’re highly engaged in urban design and planning, and have established a professional group with expertise on the matter. Operating in a time of great flux, affected by climate change, mass migration, refugee crisis and rapid urbanization, we believe in the presence of a strong and reflected practice. We believe that concentration of land-use within the existing building zones is the best way to exploit and promote use of existing infrastructure and public transportation. Densification of the cities also demand extra quality in treatment and design of urban spaces and areas. By building in the city one takes on a responsibility to supply added value to the place of intervention. This is a responsibility we engage in.
The best sustainability strategy, however, is to make things last! That’s why we are passionate about restoration work. We do a lot of these projects, and our mission is always to accentuate and enhance qualities found in the existing.
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Utilization of technology is essential in architectural progression today. Dark has made heavy investments to be in the forefront of this development. Being one of the first offices in Norway to implement and really make use of BIM technology as a primary design tool, we have gained leading expertise in the field. This allows us to cooperate seamlessly across disciplines, facilitating the presence of external experts such as environmental-, energy-, and constructional engineers throughout a project’s life-span. It allows for architectural design with a great degree of precision and efficiency, minimizing room for error – and the resulting amount of waste, both material and time. And, it allows us to take on large-scale projects from the biggest developers.
We’re always exploring new tools and techniques that may rationalize and improve the way we make or visualize projects. We’re already using or implementing techniques such as drones, point clouds and virtual reality. The studio also has one of the most sophisticated model workshops in the business, and a dedicated model builder with leading expertise on 3D printing and BIM-to-model techniques. Architecture can be informed in many ways, and digital tools is a crucial addition to the traditional tools of architectural creation – but not a replacement. Physical models, sketching and roundtable discussions is still a vital, not least inspiring, part of our work.