The Nursing School (Sykepleierskolen)

Location : Dikemark, Norway
Building type : Refurbishment of educational building to housing
Client : Tandberg Eiendom AS
Size : 43 units / 5.800 m²
Completed : 2017
Consultants : SV Betong AS
Primary architects : Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Anders Granli, Jens Herman Næss, Mari Isdahl, Martin Blum-Jansen, Martin Kandola, Ane Groven, Anders Olivarius Bjørneseth


The Nursing School at Dikemark was built in 1966. Originally consisting of a low-rise containing the school program and a high-rise containing student dormitories. Its present renovation has transformed this former school building into 43 new apartments and rowhouses. The building volumes are principally unaltered apart from a new carpark beneath the forecourt.

The new apartments are visually and constructively informed by the constraints of the existing construction, creating spaces with architectural qualities connecting the present day building to its history. The premises and possibilities of a renovation have given way to new and unexpected architectural qualities and solutions that would not have come into existence based on a rationale of building "from scratch".