Thursday, 24 July 2014

Arkwright shortlisted for WIN Award 2014

Arkwright has been shortlisted in the Workspace Interiors category, in this years World Interiors News (WIN) Awards.  The result will be announced in October.  For more info, click here.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Haptic shortlisted for World Architecture Festival Awards

Haptic have been shortlisted for two World Architecture Festival Awards in the Future Projects Commercial Mixed Use and Infrastructure categories.  The regeneration of Straume (in collaboration with Nordic - Office of Architecture) and Istanbul Grand Airport (in collaboration with Nordic - Office of Architecture and Grimshaw) have been selected.  Results will be announced in Singapore later this year.  The full shortlist can be found here

Haptic shortlisted for INSIDE Awards

Haptic have two projects shortlisted for the INSIDE Awards 2014 - Arkwright (Offices Category) and Idunsgate (Residential Category).  The INSIDE awards recognise the finest interior projects from around the globe and are announced at the World Festival of Interiors in Singapore this October. The full shortlist can be found here

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Oslo Team

Our Oslo Team have got something to smile about: Kristin paid a visit! We are all looking forward to having her back after her maternity leave. 

Malin, Quique, Emelie, Nikki and Kristin

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Istanbul Grand Airport

Haptic, in collaboration with Grimshaw, Nordic Office of Architecture and Arup is developing the 8,000 hectare Istanbul Grand Airport masterplan and terminals in Turkey. Located on the Black Sea coast, some 35km out­side of Is­tan­bul, the am­bi­tious six-run­way de­vel­op­ment will be de­liv­ered in four phases.

The first phase will open in 2019 and aims to serve 90 mil­lion pas­sen­gers per year. This will in­crease to over 150 mil­lion pas­sen­gers per year when the last phase is com­pleted. The new Is­tan­bul Air­port will be the world’s largest air­port ter­mi­nal, with a gross floor area close to one mil­lion square me­tres for the first ter­mi­nal.

Idunsgate – Oslo

This apartment is on the top floor of a 19th century apartment building in central Oslo in Norway. Purchasing the loft space above the apartment enabled the clients to do a full scale refurbishment of the loft, bringing the two floors into one, unified space.

By fully utilising the level changes and opportunities we could introduce spatial drama with substantial vertical sight lines. The en-suite bathroom to the master bedroom is organised over three levels. A sunny terrace has a large glass wall that brings evening light deep into the apartment.

Haptic House_Highlever Road

The renovation and extension works to the 4 bedroom house on Highlever Road, West London were completed last year and a full set of photographs is to follow. In the meantime the house was used as a backdrop for the video blog of the popular opera singer Kathryn Jenkins.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Arkwright Offices at Aker Brygge, Oslo

This new office space has been created for Arkwright's 50 employees and includes a variety of workspace, reception, canteen and a “James Bond” room. The office is located in the prime harbour front location of Aker Brygge in Oslo, in a converted warehouse building, with a large arched window as its centrepiece.

A new double height, sculptural staircase also incorporates meeting space, reception desk and amphitheatre style seating. The design is inspired by Svabergs, large granite stone formations that are typical for the area, rounded and polished by icebergs thousands of years ago.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Shanghai Windows Installation

Prior to release of final images, here is a short time lapse video from the installation; two long nights and several thousand pieces!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Haptic in Shanghai for RIBA Windows Project

Haptic are in Shanghai this week to complete the installation for EIN, as part of the RIBA Windows Project.  The launch party for Design Your Style will take place on Thursday at Shanghai Xintandi and run for four weeks.  More news soon...

Friday, 14 March 2014

Haptic are recruiting in Norway

We are seeking a new team member for our Oslo office. The candidate needs to be dedicated, talented, self motivated with strong design skills and delivery experience. 

Key skills required:
* Experience in detail design and working on site
* Experience in Revit

Haptic's Oslo office is based in the central area of Majorstua, with spectacular views from our 14th floor offices. 

Please send your CV and portfolio (max 10mB and in PDF-format) to with reference to this post. See also:

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Planning Approval for MSCP

Haptic's competition winning scheme was granted planning approval last night. The re-cladding of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park car park (MSCP) forms part of the wider legacy strategy and development of Here East (formerly known as iCity). The car park will serve users of the Copper Box, Velopark and Here East.  The scheme will commence on site this year. 

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Life Sciences Cluster, Sutton

Haptic are working on early spatial appraisals for a world class Life Sciences Cluster in Sutton.  The studies are being carried out on behalf of Sutton Council, Epsom & St Helier Trust,  The Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research.  Haptic are working with Inner Circle Consulting, House Consulting, Nordic, 3Fox International and BNP Paribas Real Estate to create a business case and funding strategy, which will lead onto a masterplan for the 17.5 hectare site.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Haptic in RIBA Shanghai Windows Project

Haptic are working with the RIBA, the British Council and China Xintandi, as part of an ambitious exhibition project linking UK architects with retailers in Shanghai. Haptic are partnered with the Nordic inspired EIN whose ethos of “Elegance in Nature” is represented through a landscape and cloudscape, evoking the mountainous nature of the Nordic lands and dramatic skies. The cloud is made from hanging fabric sheets and the landscape is made of timber, seemingly growing out of the shop floor and populated with mannequins that are dressed in matching fabric and take inspiration from Nordic fairytales and forest characters.

The ‘Design Your Style’ RIBA Windows Project 2014 will be launched in March 2014 and open for four weeks.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Haptic shortlisted for railway crossing in Jessheim

Haptic have been shortlisted to design a railway crossing and public realm scheme in Jessheim, just outside of Oslo. The competition proposal will investigate two options for links below or over the railway line, connecting the old city with new developments in the east, as well as providing associated squares. Haptic are working with Gross. Max. and AKT II on the proposals. The submission will be made in March.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

MSCP, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Haptic have submitted a planning application for the re-cladding of the MSCP building in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.  The MSCP sits within the context of the new canal park and iCITY development to the immediate south.   

Friday, 15 November 2013

The Forest Hotel Project

Haptic have been approached to develop a series of new concepts for forest hotel accommodation. The brief is for single rooms, isolated in the forest setting.  The first proposal emphasises a contextual approach, treating the forest respectfully and peacefully. Rather than interfere with the trees, the proposal recognises Henry David Thoreau’s principles in “Walden”, treating forest living not merely as geographical but an experience of immersive nature, independence, simplicity and perhaps spirituality.

Encountering this tree house emulates the moment one might have when chancing upon a pond or river, looking at the reflected underside of the surrounding trees. Upon entering the house, guests are again presented with a dramatic view upward of the forest, submerged in the dappled sunlight that pours in from above.

Lying within the forest floor, visitors become part of the landscape. The surrounding ground envelops its inhabitants in a serene, quiet environment that enhances the view upwards into the trees and emphasises both the remoteness and size of the forest.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

New Istanbul Airport

Haptic is a part of the team developing the 8,000 hectare New Istanbul Airport masterplan in Turkey. Located on the Black Sea coast, some 35km out­side of Is­tan­bul, the am­bi­tious six-run­way 
de­vel­op­ment will be de­liv­ered in four phases. 

The first phase will open in 2019 and aims to serve 90 mil­lion pas­sen­gers per year. This will in­crease to over 150 mil­lion pas­sen­gers per year when the last phase is com­pleted. The new Is­tan­bul Air­port will be the world’s largest air­port ter­mi­nal, with a gross floor area close to one mil­lion square me­tres for the first ter­mi­nal.

The Cen­giz- Kolin- Li­mak- Mapa- Ka­lyon Con­sor­tium has the con­ces­sion to build, op­er­ate and trans­fer the air­port pro­ject.

In co­op­er­a­tion with Nordic, Arup Associates and Grimshaw Architects.

Monday, 30 September 2013

Yuzhny Greenfield Airport, Rostov-on-Don

The Yuzhny Greenfield airport will act as a new gateway to the Rostov-on-Don Region, which will cater for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The airport captures the spirit of the place with a clear architectural identity, inspired by the natural surrounding landscape; the open flat fields, colour and materiality, while being a state-of-the-art, highly functional airport of international standard.
Taking its inspiration from the picturesque flat landscapes that typify the region, the building is conceived as one that discretely sits in the landscape, with a clear horizontal expression. Internally, the domed timber ceilings are warm and welcoming. The vaulted ceiling and its geometry provide a direction to the terminal, from landside to airside. The roof and layout design will reinforce passenger flows, whilst enhancing passenger experience with intuitive way finding. The skylights provide natural daylight, focused on the key areas in the terminal such as check-in, security, passport control and the piers.

The terminal is organised in a very functional manner over two and a half levels, creating a compact and flexible processor that can be easily expanded on both sides. From the two level traffic forecourt departing passengers flow thorough the upper level while arriving passengers are on the lower floor thus creating a very simple and efficient flow. The terminal will be linked to the future railway station via a lush recreational park, which will be flanked by buildings containing hotels, conference centres, public services, retail and office space.

Team; Nordic, Buro Happold (Aviation team), Gross.Max.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Norway's Green Party Election Stand

Haptic have completed a low budget election stand for Norway’s Green Party located in Karl Johan, Oslo’s high street.  The Election Stand typology of an introverted box, plastered with stickers and propaganda is flipped on its head.  Rather than creating a soulless unit in the city centre, Haptic have created an inviting, permeable stand that can have human interaction.  The design approach was to create a more sculptural piece, to literally think outside the box.

The final design comprises a stylized forest floor, made up of a triangulated structure, with a forest of thin trunks penetrating the “sky” – an opaque acrylic sheet, illuminated from above.  Potential voters can write comments on green paper leaves, shaped like the party’s logo and hang them on the small branches. The forest will in this way grow and grow, eventually becoming a lush vegetation of ideas, dreams, hopes and exhortations for the future.