Narud Stokke Wiig Architects (NSW) is based in Oslo, Norway, with a branch office in Svolvær, Lofoten. We are made up of a staff of 46 people of whom 40 are qualified architects and interior designers.
We currently employ a multi-national staff from over 10 nations. The international staff provides a valuable professional and cultural diversity in the creative process and working atmosphere. The numerous clients and project portfolio also reflect the international profile. NSW offers full services in contemporary architecture and master planning, urban and interior design, as well as in industrial and graphic design.
We’ve has avoided specialization, and the wide range of completed projects reflects this. Rather as specialists in solving problems, we are able to embark on large scale projects of high technical and architectural complexity, as well as master planning and urban design, transformation and refurbishment.
NSW aims to become a leading firm within environmental design and sustainable architecture, focusing on environmental issues and implementations at all levels of the design process.
As one of Scandinavia’s leading architectural practices covering a complete range of services within planning, urban design, architecture and interior design. Our aim is to provide excellent design solutions in response to our clients’ needs within the given framework of quality, cost and time.
We carry out all our commissions with due attention to our values:
• Innovation and boldness
• Social responsibility
In addition to Norway, NSW provides services in several other countries.
Contemporary architectural design and planning is the main pole of NSW activity. NSW staff represents skilled architects from a number of nations. NSW aims to maintain a wide range of specialist skills, as well as a good spread in age and experience amongst its staff. We believe in continuous learning, and sharing of knowledge and experience.
NSW has a clear focus on environmental and sustainable design. There is a real focus in all levels of the design process to acquire in-depth knowledge of environmental design aspects, including products that respond to environmental concerns. NSW aims to strengthen the in-house skills by furthering this theoretical knowledge and methodology.
Urban design challenges play an important part in the future growth of NSW. Changing living patterns and socio-economic developments, ask for continuous transformation of urban spaces. Refurbishment and recycling of industrial areas and harbour facilities into sustainable private and public environments also represent great challenges for NSW.
Interior architectural design is an important part of our business and normally an integrated part of our architectural assignments. NSW’s design coordinator and team work closely with the architectural staff, solving interior design challenges on large and small scale projects. Interior design of e.g. educational facilities are projects of high complexity, which require a thorough understanding of function and user behavior.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the process of generating and managing building data during its life cycle. Typically it uses three-dimensional, dynamic building modeling software to increase productivity in building design and construction. The process encompasses building geometry, spatial relationships, geographical information as well as quantities and properties of building components.
The use of BIM is an essential tool in our design process, using all the benefits that BIM software provides, it helps us at NSW keep ourselves at the forefront of technology implementation. By combining different software solutions we can get the most of our models to be used in each and every stage of the design process, from massing studies models to photorealistic imagery and animations, simulations and energy analyses.
In addition to the use of application of BIM in our design work, we also want to maintain the high quality of physical models produced by our model workshop (ref information on our Model Workshop in web page menu).
Physical model making is an important part of the design development at NSW. During the design development, physical models are being used to examine alternative solutions. The model maker normally participates in the design process. This is the case for both ordinary assignments and architecture competitions.
Once a concept has been found, the project shape, often as alternative solutions, can be established. Any project development has a holistic approach as the starting point, but it will also soon focus on important details. This is where the use of physical models comes in as an important ingredient to sort out alternatives and establish the final solutions.
Our model workshop is in this way involved in the design process at all levels. The physical models often supplement 3D computer models and it is revealing to see alternatives expressed in physical 3D, rather than (only) on the screen.
The comments from our clients are always very positive to the use of physical models, and they also often participate in accessing the project in this way. The presence of a physical model placed on a company board table, also makes it easier to communicate the essence of the project in hand. Although we are strong believers in physical models, most of our projects are designed in 3D (BIM/Revit).