Beate Hølmebakk, “Constructions on Sites and Paper”

Forvik Ferry Port

The lecture will be a presentation of selected projects by manthey kula. It will focus on built work, but also on one of the office’s unbuilt “paper projects”. Beate Hølmebakk will talk about manthey kula’s approach to design and about how some of the professors from her own education; Sverre Fehn, Christian Norberg-Schulz and John Hejduk have had an influence on the work of the office.


manthey kula is an Oslo based architecture office established in 2004 by Beate Hølmebakk and Per Tamsen. Tamsen has his degree from Lund University, Hølmebakk has her degree from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design where she now holds a professorship. manthey kula’s relatively small production spans from ideal, explorative projects to public commissions. The office works at the intersection of art, architecture and landscape architecture, paying special attention to site, form and narrative. Despite often pragmatic contexts, their buildings have a distinct sculptural quality. The office’s work is widely published; it is presented in several international architecture exhibitions and represented in international architecture collections. Projects by manthey kula have been nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2009, 2011 and 2019.

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