We love competitions like this. They’re a chance to draw on our experience of large, complex infrastructure projects and to compete alongside the best. And, in the true spirit of Collective Works, they’re the perfect opportunity to assemble a team of collaborators with exactly the right skills and experience.
Working together with One Works, Planke, Pir II and ÅF Lighting, we came up with a design called ‘Tree Crowns’. With a system of single columns and an unusual platform roofscape resembling trunks and branches, the design comes into its own through the integrated dynamic lighting that changes both through the day and through the seasons. It creates a dappled natural light along the platform, and assures a warm, safe and welcoming station entrance. The Fornebu Centre Station would be distinctive, sustainable and joyful.
The competition attracted 85 entries in all, from all over the world, and we were delighted to be shortlisted alongside just 13 other teams. But we were even more delighted to reach the final two. Of course to have won would have been a whole other story, but to have been placed second to one of the most high-profile practices in the world, Zaha Hadid Architects, was confirmation that we really do punch well above our weight, both in terms of our creative response to a brief and our ability to understand the technical complexity of large-scale projects.