The construction of the house in Jøkulstræti is going well. The windows have been established and the facade is slowly getting attached around the house.
The school is composed of seven “islands” connected by a large common area, a social meeting space for the 850 students. The glass facade of the “island 7” is nearing completion and already allows us to see the interplay of the different colours of glass. The three glass colours shades are variating from translucent to green, reflecting the daylight in different ways and giving the large glass facade a unique aspect. The glass colour shades and the thin windows structure gives to the large school building an impression of lightness.
ZETA has been announced winner of the competition for the 3rd construction phase of the high school in Kambsdalur.
The proposal is to cover the existing central courtyard and create a new gathering common area in the centre of the school. Above the common area, on the 1st floor, will be built 4 Natural Sciences classrooms as well as smaller complementary functions. The design of the new functions of the school takes as starting point the existing high school buildings and aims to create a unity between those different buildings.
The retail shop Á Landavegur reopens its doors. The extension of Á Landavegur meets the needs of the development of its surrounding area. Designed to extend and improve the sales area, the transformation and extension of Á Landavegur includes a new facade with a roof overhang, welcoming the new entrance and the new outdoor display area. The new facade gives more visibility to the retail shop from the main street and provides a better access for the costumers.
We are proud to present the new wayfinding signs for Vágar airport. In addition to the design of the airport parking area, ZETA has designed the wayfinding signs for the new parking area and outside the terminal. The project includes more than 200 traffic signs and informative signs, guiding travellers accessing the parking area and the terminal.
Today, on a visit to the Faroe Islands, the Crown Prince and his family made their first stop in the Faroese capital, Tórshavn. For the occasion, events were organized on the urban stairs. Concerts were held, as well as speeches and many people attended to the events. The urban stairs showed once more how this urban space gives new possibilities for temporary and various events in the city center of the Faroese capital.
Tomorrow evening, 19th April, ZETA will take part in the theme night “What to consider when planning your house at the BankNordik in Tórshavn. Along with others, ZETA will give a lecture about the different elements to consider when building or renovating a private house. The lecture will take place tomorrow evening, 19th April at 19:30, BankNordik, Tórshavn.
You can sign up for the lecture at this page …
Thanks to the Faroese project “Sheep view”, Google Street View has finally arrived in the Faroe Islands. Google has make it possible for any inhabitant or visitor of the Faroe Islands to rent a camera and help developing the Faroese Street View. You can now discover and explore some of our completed projects in their context.
We welcome you tonight, to the “What to consider when planning your house” lecture in Kvívík. ZETA architects will, along with others, give a lecture about the different elements to consider when building or renovating a private house. The lecture will take place tonight, 15th February at 19:30, Frøishøllin, Kvívík.
Today, we presented our proposal for the extension of the Hotel Tórshavn. Located in the historical center, the Hotel Tórshavn was established in 1923. After a renovation in 2007 and an increase of tourism in the Faroe Islands, the hotel needs today to increase the number of rooms and to be upgraded from a 3-stars to a 4-stars hotel. Besides the focus on the hotel extension, the competition involves an urban aspect, including solving the connection between the hotel and the two urban spaces surrounding it.
Today, we inaugurated the new extension of the Sports Hall in Tórshavn. The extension gives the possibility to judo and table tennis to develop in the Faroe Islands by creating a hall dedicated to those sports. At the same time, it allows Tórshavn to host more competitions for handball and indoor football. The new extension provides space for 1500 sitting places during matches and 3000 for concerts.
The renovation of the warehouse, built in the 1920´s, has been completed and inaugurated by the opening of the new restaurant settled in the two first floors. The facade has been given back its original appearance and the interior has been renovated, highlighting the roof original walls. The restaurant is opening on a terrace which will be used all year long. In addition to the restaurant, the warehouse in welcoming offices on the upper floor.
The owner of the house in Tinghúsvegur have recently moved in. The project is a combined program with a retail space on the ground floor and housing on the first and second floor. The facade toward the public street combines an open facade on the ground floor for the retail space and a semitransparent wall of wooden lamellae giving privacy to the living space above.
ZETA has delivered the project of extension for the retail shop Á Landavegur in the Faroese capital of Tórshavn. As the area around the shop is developing with a new music school right on the other side of the road, as well as a new elementary to secondary school and a college, the retail shop is developing to welcome all the new potential customers. The project includes the buildings extension, as well as the design of the new pedestrian entrance of the shop and the new parking.
We have recently welcomed our new intern for the next semester. Rasmus is a master student in Science in Architectural Engineering at the University of Aalborg in Denmark and will bring his expertise to ZETA projects. Rasmus will help us with more technical aspects of the projects such as sustainability, energy, comfort, structure, thanks to his knowledge in digital design.
From today and during two weeks, two of the proposals for Hoydalar competition are exhibited at the Ministry of Culture. There has been 46 proposals about the future of Hoydalar, but only two of them are making a proposal about the area and the buildings future. Our proposal, in partnership with Bústaðir ( The Faroese housing association) includes a proposal for each building and for the whole area. You can discover our proposal with our different boards and the site model.
Today, we have delivered our proposal for the open competition launched by the Ministry of Culture in the Faroe Islands. The competition is about proposing what could be the future of Hoydalar, after it loses its function of High School. Our proposal involves housing, community garden, guest rooms, restaurant, creative workshop and overall plan proposing small interventions, aiming to create a diversified area accessible for everyone.
The construction of the sports hall á Halsi going fast. The glue laminated wood structure has started to be installed. The 1,500 m² extension of the existing sports hall will make it possible to welcome more tournaments and events. The extension is schedule for completion in early 2018.
We are happy to share the progress of the new parking area for the only airport in the Faroe Islands. The new parking area will welcome 825 parking places, pedestrian tunnels will facilitate the journey to the Terminal for the travelers and a new green area between the Terminal and the parking.
The extension of the sport hall, located in Tórshavn, is starting to take shape. The half-buried floor concrete construction is on its way to be finished. The building will almost double its volume to welcome a double sport hall, thanks to which, the town will get an extra handball hall, as well as a judo and table tennis hall. The hall is intended to be used not only as sports hall but also from international arrangements and event, as well as, within economical life, commercial meeting and congress, within culture and entertainment as large concert hall and exhibition hall, and assembly meeting hall… The new judo and table tennis hall, in the ground floor, will give the opportunity to both sports to grow and develop as well as other sports.
From today, the owners of the house in Kongsgil are going be able to enjoy every day the great view over all the city of Tórshavn, the Atlantic Ocean and the Island of Nólsoy. The challenge of the design was the downstream neighboring house which got built in a way that the view panorama was broken into an eastern and western view. The design resulted in an optimized shape, create an angle which offers eastern and western views, as well as balconies.
The Masterplan for the town of Vestmanna has now been delivered. The project is a development plan for the future of Vestmanna, composed of 8 different projects. The projects aim to reveals and enhance the different qualities and potentials in Vestmanna. The diversified projects are new paths, viewpoints, tourist, sport and cultural facilities and have in common to be small changes or upgrades which will not denaturate the town.
The last Faroese stone has been laid down today at the new City Council stairs. The project was a detailed design of the stones layout and their arrangement. To avoid any rocks and moss to come in the space between the stone, the spacing has been reduced from 10 mm to 3 -5 mm.
Today, on the Faroese National Day, Ólavsøka, the Mayor of Tórshavn has proceeded to the inauguration of the new square, Steinatún. The design of Steinatún square and bus stop has infused other change such as the remodeling of the functions in the Municipality building. On the ground floor, opening to the square, we can now find a tourist office, a coffee shop and a pharmacy. Steinatún is becoming a place where people walk to and stop to, instead of just walking by.
Today, the Danish Queen Margrethe was visiting Tórshavn, the Faroese capital, and during the day, she stopped on the urban stairs alongside the Mayor of Tórshavn. Many people had gathered to come see the Queen and listen to the concert of a local group.
Today we had the great pleasure to inaugurate the new urban stairs in the Faroese capital, Tórshavn. The stairs have transformed a leftover area into a new urban space. Stairs at Vágsbotni is the first completed part of our Masterplan project for Tórshavn, aiming to introduce new physical and functional structure.
The first sod was dig out for Skúlin á Fløtum, the new elementary, primary and secondary school in the Faroese capital, Tórshavn, which will welcome more than 850 students. The project is done is collaboration with Brim Arkitektar and Árni Winther.
(Photo: Sverri Egholm)
The groundbreaking for the extension of the sports hall á Halsi took place today, as the contract between Tórshavn municipality and the contractor was signed . The major of Tórshavn municipality gave a speech and dig out the first sod. The extended sports hall will offer 1800 seating places for sport events and a capacity of 2500-3000 spectators for concerts.
Today the topping-out ceremony for the new house at Kongsgil was held. The project is well under way so this coming summer the owners will be able to to enjoy the spectacular view of the house.
Today the Municipality of Tórshavn and the consulting team EIND (ZETA architects, Brim arkitektar, Árni Winter arkitektar, SMJ and LBF) signed the contract for the new public school which will take form with the first part being completed in 2018.
The construction has now begun on the new house in Kongsgil and it´s going fast.
Last December, ZETA submitted a proposal for the Nordic Built Cities challenge in Runavík, Faroe Islands. The challenge is entitled “The vertical challenge – how to build innovative and sustainable family homes on a steep terrain”. Among the 20 proposals submitted, our proposal has unfortunately not been retained by the jury for the Stage 2 finalists. The concept of “Rolling Stones” originates from falling rocks or landslides (“omanlop” in Faroese) which is known from the Faroese landscape. A special occurrence that both originates from and highlight the steep terrain. By combining the overall concept of rolling stones with the almost archetypical and traditional Faroese form of a simple pitched roof house the project creates a vision of a Nordic design tradition with a twist.
Tórshavn municipality has signed the contract for the extension of the sports hall á Hálsi. The sports hall will become a double sports hall, allowing enough space for a handball pitch. In addition, the project includes a hall for judo and table tennis, which will provide better conditions for both sports. The extended hall will be a diversified and flexible hall, which can help to develop sports, industry, culture and others.
ZETA takes part in the project for the architectural aspects.
ZETA architects in collaboration with Brim arkitektar and Árni Winther arkitektar have won the competition for the new school in Tórshavn. The elementary, primary and secondary school will welcome more than 850 students .
ZETA unveils the design of a house located in Tórshavn, the Faroese capital. At the beginning of the new year, the construction will begin for this new house which combines residential housing and retail. The overall design tries to challenge the rules for the district area by re-interpreting the traditional pitched roof house.
ZETA has won 3. Prize in the open competition for a new church and missionary house at Argir in Tórshavn.
Vágar airport is the only airport in the Faroe Islands. After an extension of the terminal in 2014, answering the increasing activity, the remodeling of the parking area was needed to ensure a better functioning. The project includes 500 new parking places and a pedestrian tunnel linking the parking area to the terminal.
The construction of Bank Nordik in Tórshavn is now completed. We inaugurated the new building today, which was welcomed by many people. The new headquarter of Bank Nordik in the Faroese capital will welcome more than 150 workers daily. The building overlooks the city and offers a 360 degrees view.
Today, the first basalt element for the urban stairs we have design in Tórshavn, have been cut out. The material comes from the basalt quarry of Skopun, in the Island of Sandoy, in the Faroe Islands. The extracted stone weighed 250 tons and was broken into 20-28 tons pieces and each slice has a thickness of 15 centimeters weighting around 3-4 tons each. The stairs are composed of more than 1,000 granite elements, 400 tons of finished material, disposed in 8 different steps, which are following the landscape.
Today began the work on the renovation if the historic Poul Hansen warehouses, overlooking at the harbour in Tórshavn. In the future, the warehouses will be used for offices and a new restaurant.
Today, the mayor of Tórshavn launched the construction on the new urban space in Vágsbotnur. In the coming months, more than 200 tons of Faroese stone will be transformed into a new urban landscape.
In the competition for a temporary pavilion at Kongens Have in Copenhagen, our project KYKLOS received an honorable mention for its poetic and dreamlike qualities.
Click here to check out the new film about our winning proposal for the new masterplan for Tórshavn City center, the capital of the Faroe Islands.
Today we welcomed our new intern, Jóhan Peter, who is a master student at the University of Aalborg, where he studies architectural engineering. Jóhan Peter will be staying with us for an entire semester and will, amongst others, be working with parametric architecture and digital design.
During the summer, ZETA moved. We are still located in the heart of Tórshavn, but now you can visit us at J.C. Svabosgøta 58. Drop by and see the new office and all the new possibilities that comes along with it.
The full radio interview with Professor Ellen Marie Braae, where she reviews and explains ZETA’s winning proposal for Tórshavn City Center, is now available online. You can listen to the one-hour long interview (which is mostly in Danish) by clicking the link below. Ellen Marie Braae is a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Copenhagen and she was one of the three professional judges in the ten-people jury that evaluated the competition and selected the winners. Before returning to Copenhagen Ellen Marie Braae visited the Faroe Islands national radio and gave an interview in which she thoroughly explained our project, the thoughts behind it and the reasons why the jury chose it as the winning proposal.
As part of this years Mentanarnátt (cultural night) in Tórshavn, we are opening our office, so drop by for a chat about architecture and see our winning proposal for Tórshavn City Center.
The recent 1. prize in the in the competition for a new masterplan for the Faroese capital of Tórshavn has generated a lot of attention in the media, among others, todays article in the Faroese newspaper Sosialurin.
If you missed some of the recent articles or want to see Ragnar explain the winning project live on the Faroese news-show “Dagur & vika” check out the different links we have gathered below.
See Ragnar explains the project on the TV-show “Dagur & vika”…
Listen to Ragnar and Søren explains the project on the radiostation Rás 2…
Read more about the competition in the Faroese newpaper Norðlýsið…
With the project “Stitching landscape”, ZETA has won 1. Prize in the open competition for a new masterplan for the Faroese capital of Tórshavn. The competition was a two-part competition for both an overall masterplan for the city center and a project proposal for Steinatún, a central square in the city. ZETA was awarded 1. Prize for both the masterplan and the project proposal for Steinatún.
At ZETA we work with many different projects both small scale and big scale. Whether it is a small extension to a house or it is a big urban plan we always focus on finding the solution that is just right for the specific place and the specific needs of the project and client. Recently we completed the design proposal for a new single-family house in Saltangará where the main focus was on a close integration between the surrounding landscape and the house itself. We called the result Stones in Landscape. The new house sits like 2 overlapping stones nestled in a rough and wild landscape known from the Faroese mountainside. A traditional Faroese grass roof combined with reuse of rainwater contributes to the integration of house and landscape while the warm and organic interior of the house creates a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere for the family.
Today, the construction has begun for the new headquarter for Bank Nordik as CEO Janus Petersen broke the ground. In July ZETA architects in collaboration with MAP arkitektar won the architectural competition for the new headquarter that is now under construction and is expected to be finished in 2015. The new headquarter is being built at Húsagarður in the heart of Tórshavn and will contain 3600 m² and be the daily workplace for more than 150 workers.
The city of Vestmanna is getting a new retail shop. The new Á Vestmanna will open in a refurbished warehouse at the harbor in Vestmanna. As a part of the renovation of the old warehouse ZETA has designed a new entrance building and the surrounding parking area. The entrance building stretches out as a long vertical line in front of the warehouse creating shelter for customers and providing room for display of goods, small tastings and more. The renovation of the old warehouse and the construction of the new entrance building have now begun. Á Vestmanna will welcome its first customers in the beginning of 2014.
ZETA architects in collaboration with MAP arkitektar has won the architectural competition for the new headquarters for Bank Nordik, the largest bank on the Faroe Islands. The new headquarter will be located in the heart of Tórshavn and is expected to be finished in 2015. The building will contain 3600 m2 and will be the daily workplace for more than 150 workers. The design of the building takes its starting point in the unique location on top a small rock formation in Torshavn. From here, there is a 360 degrees view towards the city as well as god conditions for natural daylight within the workplaces. The circular design of the building makes the most of the unique conditions and focuses on creating optimal and flexible workplaces as well as a logical distribution of workers and visitors within the building.
In the open competition for the new residential housing project Oman Mattalág in Tórshavn, ZETA has won 1. prize for the proposal of a common house for the new area. The common house will be the heart of the new residential area and focuses on flexibility and multi-functionality providing the residents with a variety of different spaces for common purposes. The layout of the house integrates the different indoor spaces with the surrounding outdoor areas thereby extending the functions of the house out into the area and making the events in the house visible for the residents. The common house, designed by ZETA will be a part of the new residential project Oman Mattalág and will now be further developed in corporation with the 2 other competition winners who won for the housing units and the Masterplan.
ZETA has won 3. prize in the open international competition New City Center Klaksvik. Out of the 156 proposals submitted ZETA won 3. prize with a proposal that takes its starting point in the unique landscape of Klaksvik and the old Faroese tradition of gradually developed clusters of houses traditionally called “býlingar”.
The competition proposal unites the future buildings of Klaksvik New City Center in four clusters inspired from the traditional “býlingar”. The four clusters run from the bottom of the fjord towards the south through a unifying landscape laid out as a common green area. The vegetation and paths within the common landscape are defined as the Detour, the Shortcut and the Sports Road and are an important part of the new town centre, both because of their interplay with the buildings and because of their role as transitions to the vast unkempt natural environment of the surrounding landscape and mountains
The jury said: “The combination of old Faroese building traditions and a forceful and exciting contemporary idiom is very interesting and deserves great respect.”