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Norwegian architects in with a chance of designing London 2012 village

Norwegian architect practice Brendeland & Kristoffersen is the only Nordic firm shortlisted with an opportunity to design parts of the athletes' village for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Lend Lease led consortium and the Architecture Foundation have announced a panel of 47 practices from which architects will be chosen to design the Athletes’ Village for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. The village will include 4,000 residential dwellings, related accommodation and additional structures in a £2 billion development.

The list includes some of the most exciting up-and-coming architects in the UK as well as more established firms such as Fielden Clegg Bradley and Denton Corker Marshall. In addition to the Norwegian firm, there are also practices from Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Ireland, Australia and the US on the shortlist.

From the overall panel of 47, a series of short lists will be prepared to choose architects to design each of the individual elements of the new high-density residential district. The first commissions are set to be awarded in September 2007 and initial designs released in December 2007. It is expected that there will be 20 to 30 individual commissions.

The 10-strong judging panel was chaired by Frank Duffy, Chairman of the Stratford City Design Review Panel. Over 400 submissions were received from around the world and the judging process took place over a month.

Brendeland & Kristoffersen was set up in 2002 by young architects Geir Brendeland and Olav Kristoffersen, both educated in Norway. Their firm has already won numerous awards and commissions, including a social housing scheme in Trondheim, Norway, and new houses in the Arctic island of Svalbard, close to the North Pole.

Commenting on the selection, the Norwegian architects said they would perform their best and humbly meet any tasks given to them. “We are impressed by the London Olympics' high ambitions when it comes to architecture and urban development. Many of the other practices that were shortlisted are firms which we admire,” said Kristoffersen. “Being able to contribute to the development of architecture internationally, and not just in Norway, is a dream coming true.”

Olav Kristoffersen and Geir Brendeland founded their firm in 2002 and have since won numerous commissions.

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Brendeland & Kristoffersen's social housing project in Trondheim, Norway, achieved international acclaim in 2005 and a prototype has since been exhibited in Berlin (pictured above).

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