Because of an amazing exam it took me some time and I couldn’t write any news about my life in Trondheim. But there happened a lot during the last 3 weeks and the time is just running passed.
We had a wonderful trip through Norway from Trondheim to Dovre- Lillehammer – Oslo – Risør – Surroundings from Risør – Gol – Borgund – Urnes – Sognefjellet – and back to Trondheim. On the way we saw a lot of interesting buildings and started to get to know our Norwegian classmates. In Risør we had the time to look at our building plots and its surroundings. One highlight was the small summer hut from Knut Knutsen, an architectonical icon for Norway. It impressed how he managed to build a small hut in the rocks near the sea just with reused materials. The shape and colour fit the building into the landscape and allow a communication between the two.
Furthermore we wanted to look at two stave churches, the biggest and the oldest. What a pity to arrive at Borgund’s Stave church which was totally wrapped in and not visible from the outside. As the model shows it would be a very impressive and nice building. The positive about the scaffolding was that we had the opportunity to get really close to the exterior of the building. So we could make some detail pictures which are affected by the scaffolding. The game between new and old is very good visible and the “tar” treatment, which was once put onto the wood is showing its texture.
On the way home to Trondheim we stopped at the Wild reindeer centre in Dovre where the Architect Snøhetta could build a pavilion. But due to cleaning works from the army, it once was a training area, we could just visit the toilette on the parking. So this will hopefully be the trip which we, Philippe, Alexander and I will do on the last possible point, the last weekend of this month.
The last two weeks I mainly stayed in my room to study the properties of wood and do some other assignments for the University. But this week we started to build a real project – a garden, playhouse. The client is out teacher and the according to this the situation is also bit complicated. So did we (mostly exchange students) draw all the details and elements plans for the prefabrication during Thursday and Friday. But when we started today the hut was changed because the materials where to expensive. So first of all the new drawings had to be discussed and checked and then we had to find out that there was not enough material. Just after my group started we had to find out that we can’t go on without screws so we had a 2 hours brake until the screws where available. Tomorrow we will see how it is going on and if we will be able to finish the house on site on Thursday. But if we finish or not it is great fun to do something else than working on the computer and if one would see the wood workshop, it has everything, it is amazing to once build a garden hut.
Last week UKA a big festival made by students for students started and will last until the end of October. Because most of the tickets for the main events where sold out after a short time we just visit some of the small concerts of local bands. So did we on Sunday evening in Samfundet.
Sunday Carla and Michael will arrive here in Trondheim at 6:00 a.m. with the Hurtigruten boat. We hope that they can stay at the boat a bit longer as at 6:00 o’clock it is still very dark and my way to the harbour is not so short. Because they will live with me in my bedroom it will look as a “Massenunterkunft” I think some pictures will follow J.
When they leave on Tuesday I will leave as well and fly up north. My first destination will be Tromsø were I will spend two days with Alexander, Philippe and Ilaria. Luckily Ilaria decided to join us last week. Than wouldn’t I have called the hotel to see if it might be possible to change my single room into a double room we would have stand before closed doors. Our flight will reach Tromsø at 20.30 so until we reach the hotel they might have closed the reception which means that we need a pin code to enter the hotel and get our room key. But because our reservation didn’t get to the hotel we didn’t have any information and no room. But luckily it is not in the main season and they still had two vacant rooms for us. After two days I leave the others and go 309km further north to Alta where I will visit the Peter and Helga Maisenhölder and experience the autumn as far north as I have never been.
I am looking forward to tell you about the visit of Carla and Michael but also about the trip north. I hope to bring back some nice pictures of the northern lights for you!