TAMSEN HØLMEBAKK ARKITEKTER ANS

The practice is small and only during the last couple of years beginning to get commissions that will lead to built work. The projects are related to the establishment of national tourist routes in Norway and thus involve small scale projects in big scale landscapes. The first project to be completed (June 2005) is an 80 meters long pedestrian bridge for fishing in the Atlantic Ocean, on the northwestern coast of Norway. As a complement to the slow running architectural practice Hølmebakk has tried to develop a voice of architecture as a means of expression. So far this has resulted in a series of un-built houses based on literary texts.
House for a young woman based on Arne Garborg's Haugtussa
House for a single mother and child based on Olav Duun's, Medmenneske
FOUR HOUSES

The projects make no attempt to (dis)solve the existential tension of these four human conditions. Rather, the textual interpretation gives form to architecture. With each house I have thus been searching for a direct relationship between the spatial organization, the structure and the interpretation of the literary text. The first house develops the idea of vulnerability as an architectural means. The second house expresses, through a complex three-dimensional layout, the tension between protection and control. The third house works as a spatial instrument reacting, and changing according to the unstable relations within a family. The fourth house concentrating on the most essential rituals of life as starting points for spatial territorialisation.

House for a housewife based on Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts
House for a widow based on Don De Lillo's The Body Artist