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About us

Helen & Hard was founded in 1996 in Stavanger on the west coast of Norway by Norwegian architect Siv Helene Stangeland and Austrian architect Reinhard Kropf. Today, the company has a youthful staff of 20 drawn from 8 different countries, with offices in both Stavanger and Oslo.

We design in different scales and scopes, on a wide spectrum of projects ranging from single family houses to large public buildings, from offices and multi-family housing projects to master planning.

We aim to creatively engage with sustainability, not only in the design of spaces, but also in the conception and organization of the design process, including construction and fabrication. Our goal is move away from a solely technical and anthropocentric view, allowing the project to unfold in relation to its physical, social, cultural and economic context.

Helen & Hard is advised by the following board members:
Petter Skavlan, screenwriter
Herman Blumer, engineer, Creation Holz
Marius Sandvik, CEO, Sandviks Publishing

Awards & Competitions

-  Treprisen 2013 ( Norwegian National Timber
    Award for extraordinary and
    innovative timber architecture)
-  Nominated for Mies van der Rohe Award 2013
-  Statens Byggeskikkpris (Norwegian National
    Award for Good Building and Environmental
    Design) for the Vennesla Library and
    Cultural Center, Norway, 2012
-  One of 8 winning practices of WAN´s 21 for 21
    Awards 2012
-  Statens Byggeskikkpris (Norwegian National
    Award for Good Building and Environmental
    Design) for the Preikestolen Fjellstue
    (Pulpit Rock Mountain Lodge), Norway, 2009
-  Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture
    and Design Green Good Design Award, 2010
-  Silver Medal (medium scale category) for the
    Norwegian Pavilion at Expo Shanghai
-  One of 8 European firms exhibited in “New Trends
    in Architecture”, Tokyo, 2008
-  Short-listed for the International Chernikhov Prize
    in 2006 and in 2010
-  Short-listed for the Scandinavian Forum Prize
-  Wallpaper’s “Up and Coming” in 2006
-  NAL’s prize for Young Architects 2004
-  Norsk Form’s Award for Young Designers 2001

COMPETITIONS:
-  1st Vitengarden Jærmuseet, kindergarden and administration building, 2013
-  1st: Cultural House & Library in Vennesla, 2009
-  1st: Norwegian Pavilion, Expo Shanghai, 2008
-  1st: Experience Center at Fløien, Bergen, 2007
-  1st: Cultural House at Flekkefjord, 2007
-  1st: New Hotel at Pulpit Rock, 2005

Exhibitions

-  Century of the Child: Growing by Design,
    1900-2000 Exhibition, MOMA, New York 2012
-  New Nordic: Architecture & Identity, Louisiana
    Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen 2012
-  Architecture of Consequence Exhibition,
    National Museum of Art, Architecture
    and Design, Oslo 2012
-  Living Frontiers of Architecture, Louisiana
    Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk 2011
-  Exhibition of Contemporary Norwegian
    Architecture 2005-2010, Oslo 2011
-  Construction with Timber, Munich 2011
-  Geopark Model acquired by MoMA, NYC 2011
-  Lisbon Triennale, Lisbon, 2010
-  Building Blocks, Stockholm, 2010
-  Nordic Models + Common Ground, NYC, 2010
-  1:1 Architects Build Small Spaces,
    V&A, London, 2010
-  Nordic Landscapes, Shanghai, 2010
-  Venezia Biennale, Italy 2008 & 2010
-  New Trends in Architecture, Tokyo 2008-10
-  Contemporary Housing, Bordeaux, France 2008
-  Manifesta7, Bolzano, Italy 2008
-  Norwegian Wood, National Museum of Art,
    Architecture and Design, Oslo 2008
-  Industry, Gallery 0047, Berlin, Oslo 2006
-  Danubian Dreams,  Gandy Gallery,
    Bratislava 2006
-  Exhibition of Contemporary Norwegian
    Architecture 2000-2005, Oslo
-  New Norwegian Architects, Venice Biennale, Italy 2006
-  Oslo Triennale, Skur 39, Oslo 2003
-  Prisverdig, Norsk Form 2001 Museum, Oslo 1998
-  Galerie d`Architecture, Paris 2005
-  20 under 40, Oslo, Norway, 1998, 2004
-  Alice im Wunderraum, Galleri Rom, Oslo 1996
-  Self-Made, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz 1995

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Helen & Hard Stavanger

Vindmollebakken 2,
4014 Stavanger, Norway

+47 40 64 06 72
+47 51 55 43 79
Helen & Hard Oslo

8. etg i Arbeidersamfunnets plass 1
0181 Oslo, Norway

+47 93 01 07 37
+47 51 55 43 79