Public lecture: Revisiting the forest – from production to gardening

Sami Rintala opens the international lecture series Nordic Perspectives 29 september

Sami Rintala is kicking off the international lecture series Nordic Perspectives with the lecture Revisiting the forest – from production to gardening.

The lecture series sheds light on recent and classic Nordic architecture, as seen through the eyes of a handful of distinguished practicing architects and leading scholars.

When: Thursday 29 September at 15.00
Where: Aarhus School of Architecture, Main Auditorium, Nørreport 22, 8000 Aarhus C

The lecture is public and free of charge.

About Sami Rintala

Sami Rintala (born 1969) is internationally recognized as one of Scandinavia’s most vital ‘small-scale’ architects. He established the architect office Casagrande & Rintala in 1998, which produced a series of acknowledged architectural installations around the world during a five-year time span. These works combine architecture with a deeper understanding of materials, nature and context, all within a cross-over art field using space, light and the human body as tools of architectural expression.


Sami Rintala

At the Venice Biennale 2000, Rintala realised the project Sixty Minute Man: a ship sailed to the Arsenale with a garden inside. The garden was planted on sixty minutes of human waste from the city of Venice, becoming, together with the old boat, a three-dimensional collage of societal waste.

In 2008, Rintala started the office Rintala Eggertsson Architects, with Icelandic architect Dagur Eggertsson. The office is based in Oslo and Bodø, Northern Norway. With projects spread over more than 20 countries on four continents, Rintala Eggertsson have expanded their practice to landscape installations, bridges, pathways and numerous architectural assignments, of which projects like Box Home, Oslo, 2007; The Ark Book Tower at Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2010; the installation Living: Frontiers of Architecture, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2011; Lookout points at Selford, Norway 2011; Fogo Spa, Newfoundland, 2013, Treehotel, Harads, Sweden, 2013; Tintra Footbridge, Voss, Norway, 2015 have gained wide recognition for their tactile appearance and distinctive architectural and spatial qualities.


Bru over Høse, Rintala Eggertsson Architecture, 2013


Boxhome, Rintala Eggertsson Architecture, 2007


Element House, Rintala Eggertsson Architecture, 2006


Element House, Rintala Eggertsson Architecture, 2006


Selfjord Lookout Points, Rintala Eggertsson Architecture, 2011


Library in Thailand, Rintala Eggertsson Architecture, 2009

Sami Rintala holds a position as Professor at NTNU, Trondheim. An important part of Rintala’s work is teaching and lecturing in various art and architecture universities around the world. Teaching usually takes place in the form of workshops where the students are often challenged to participate in shaping the human environment in a realistic 1:1 situation. Sami Rintala’s work is based on narratives and conceptualism, the resulting works are a layered interpretation of the physical, mental and poetic resources of the site.


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