Manthey Kula

(Norway, 1963 & 1967)

Beate Hølmebakk & Per Tamsen

Manthey Kula, ARCHIPELAGO – Architecture from Solitude, 2017 Collection FRAC Centre-Val de Loire

The Oslo-based Manthey Kula Arkitekter Agency was co-founded in 2004 by the architects Beate Hølmebakk (1963) and Per Tamsen (1967). Beate Hølmebakk is a graduate of the Oslo School of Architecture and Design where she now teaches, and Per Tamsen is a graduate of the University of Lund. The Generator Chamber for the Pålsbu hydro power station in Norway (2007) was nominated for the 2009 Mies van der Rohe prize, and the Roadside Rest Rooms at Akkarvik in Norway (2009) were nominated for the same prize for in 2011.

The agency’s creations have as much to do with speculative projects as with actual commissions, and their work process is structured by conceptualization, narration, context and form. Manthey Kula also represented the Nordic countries at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale (2012).

For the Biennale, Manthey Kula presents installation has been conceived as a landscape depicting the destiny of five historical figures struck by exile and isolation.

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