the Nordic pavilion at the Venice Biennale 26/8 - 21/11 2010.

20 Nov 2010

Its getting late

Our visitors followed us into the Venice night... thanks! It was fun!

Little vistor

A little man delighted us with his company.

Waffles plus

We were lucky to have such nice guests.



Pop by, grab a waffle in 20 minutes!

DSC_0390Out party is starting in a couple of minutes. Pop by, grab a waffle, drink and chat with us!

Wafflemaking overview

The boys are cooking the traditional Norwegian WAFFLE. Hungry guests are approaching.

# 12 Flat pack

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Most of the already mentioned prototypes be delivered flat packed to reduce transport costs. Local carpenters can gather the housing extentions.

The waffle boys

Fantastic Norway making waffles at the Venice biennale.

Hungry eyes

The party is on!

# 6 On rails

This is also a flexible sollution. The prototype can function as two separate "spikertelt"/housing extensions, but also as a separate cabin with no connection to a camper (it can this way be rented out as a separate unit).

Wine and waffles

Grasping waffles and wine.


Antoine enjoys the company of visitors.

Prototype # 7, 8 and 9

A simple structure, based on placing the camper under the unit. The building becomes visible and beautiful and there is a view! The builing becomes a sculpture in the landscape, alone or as several units side by side. The buildings can have a facade that light up when the outlet is in used, just as a lamp plugged in the wall.

This concept is based on the fact that a lot of people find campers and campsites ugly and disturbing. By placing the camper inside the unit one can achieve a more muted apperance that suits its surroundings.

This idea is based on several people camping together and connect their camper to a private room. This room again is connected to a shared/community building with shared kitchen and facilities.

# 10 The flower

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This is a closed volume that opens as a flower when in use. Walls and roof folds out and include the outdoor space. When closed down for the season the volume is again closed.

# 11 Multi wall

This concept is a modulbased wall mounted as a snake between the different campers and housing extentions/spiketelt. The wall can be anything from a place to place flower pots, to buildt-in benches to clima shelter. Theese walls are also becoming the walls of the housing extentions/ spikertelt. This way a soft transition is created between the units, landscape and social zones.

Preparing the party

Organizing the party
Alexander is fetching the wine. We are preparing a party in beetween the prototype development We are inviting the whole city of Venice to join in Saturday 16:00!

19 Nov 2010

Authentic pattern # 3

Authentic pattern #3
We are constantly working on the graphical line to go with the new prototypes for camping life. This is the newest pattern to go with the analysis and project.

Atworkwith the Italian students

An italian class of students joined and helped us with the development of the "Spikertelt prototypes". The students made fantastic drawings and models.

A whole Italian class of students joined us today

Hard working...
An italian class joined in today and helped us with the development of the "Spikertelt prototypes" and discussed the floating boarders/ subjectivity of what is considered high/low culture.. The students made fantastic drawings and models.

Hard working

Got some help from a sweet irish architect
Irish helper.


Alexander is conducting a workshop with italian schoolkids.

Camper extension module system developing

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Plans showing some possibilities in the module system.

All the Fantastic Biennale photos can be viewed at Flickr

The complete selection of Fantastic Norway photos from the Biennale workshops can be viewed HERE


More new "spikertelt" prototypes

More and more prototypes are emerging from the drawing tables of the Venice Biennale.

# 5 The pathway / gallery prototype

This is a flexible sollution. It can work both as two separate housing extentions/spikertelt, but it can also function as separate cabins without campers attached. The pathway between the units can be used even if it´s raining. Shared units can be attached to the ends of the pathway/gallery (for example shared bathrooms or kitchens).

Coffee break

Ingeborg just fetched FUEL (espressos)
Ingeborg fetching coffees for the Fantastic Norwegians.

18 Nov 2010

Tangram study

Model research for tangram relation
Tangram module study in the development of new prototypes.

The art of efficiency

A visitor elegantly combined work with nutrition at the modelworkshop.

Reversed landscape prototype

The workshop participants showed some talent!...We love the reversed landscape model.

# 4 The cluster prototype

This extended house /spikertelt is designed so it can be mounted together to a compact box for transport. In use the smaller volumes are scattered out around the camper so an open spece is formed in between the volumes - forming a shelter for surroundings and wind.

New prototypes emerging

It has been a productive day. We have produced 12 SPIKERTELT concepts.

# 3 The off road prototype

This concept is based on the idea of the housing extentions/spikertelt mission is to frame the landscape, while the campers are the social tool. The houses are not placed on a campsite, but on strategic and beautiful places scattered out in nature. A road leads to each unit, but the view from inside each unit is facing towards the landscape.

# 2 The worm / Trønderlån

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This prototype is based on the Norwegian building tradition "Trønderlån": The house that expands as the family gets bigger. The housing extentions are mounted together so they create a public space on one of the sides. Each building is customized under some "rules" of the whole. The campers are mounted on the "private side" of the worm. This way the campsite is structured as well as the campers are hidden on the backside.

New prototypes beeing born

Fantastic early module-system idea for new prototype

# 1 The prototypes are ready! First one out:

The prototypes are ready and this is the first one showing "The storehouse-village". The concept is to establish a constructive gridsystem/platform that the "spikertelt"/camper housing extentions rest on. The houses can have a facade that lights up when the buildings are in use (when the outlet from the camper is activated/deactivated the facade lighting system is turned on/off). In addition to the housing extensions there will be social spaces, pathes, gardens, crops etc... This way you can double the number of campers compared to a campsite with a classic layout.

17 Nov 2010

Diagram of camping components

A fresh diagram of components in todays way of camping. Part of analysis.

More new prototypes emerging

Development of new prototypes for camper extensions at the Venice Biennale. This one is a early "high rise" version on poles elevated over the camper.

Camping culture analysis in progress

Alex is working on gathering visual and cultural references on the topic.


60s camper
Camper add from the 60s. Part of material gathered for the analysis at the biennale.

SPIKERTELT axo getting dressed

Visitor coloring the SPIKERTELT axonometric drawing

Fantastic Kids...

....working at the campsite workshop

Fantastic sign and fantastic visitor

We made a big sign to announce who was working

Newly born camping item catalogue


A biennale-born catalogue of camping-related items.

Kamikaze business cards

We ran out of businesscards. The people of the biennale helped us producing some new ones!

Camping related happy pattern

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Patterns associated with camping culture as a part of the analysis emerging from the workshops at the VENICE BIENNALE

Fantastic landscape underlaying the campsite workshop

Detail of the landscape underlaying the campsite on which the vistiors will build their camping dream.

Developing prototypes for the Fantastic Campsite

Fantastic campsite workshop developing alternative prototypes for housing extensions/ SPIKERTELT.

The Bienalle visitors also knows how to decorate

This is a recent addition to the Fantastic Norway Bieannale campsite

Atworkwith Fantastic Norway

Fantastic dream-campsite helpers

Early Fantastic dream-campsite beeing well documented and creatively kickstarted

The art of decorating

In the lack of aesthetic qualities in the "SPIKERTELT"/camper extention, the camping tourists´ decorative initiative is striking. Most "SPIKERTELT" are richly decorated with sculptures, figures, twigs, antlers and plants.

Since both the camper and SPIKERTELT is often strikingly similar to the neighbor, this can be interpreted as a desire to create an individual look. In any case, it is an expression of a need to increase the aesthetic quality of the facilities.


Examples of camper extensions from the analyses