Take>in< NTNU 2012

Picture of the award winners
(23.01.13) Three categories were chosen for the 2012 NTNU edition, and the students developed their Master studio projects to win the award.

The categories defined three mainstreams of conservation-and-accessibility ideas: cultural accessibility, to facilitate the learning of what the building had been used for and how to enjoy it nowadays; physical accessibility, so to ensure that dignity of exploring the space will be granted to the people. Finally, a detail for accessibility was awarded to stimulate the thinking over certain details that enhance the overall appreciation of the space design process and detail-oriented design.

Flavio Carniel was joined by Birgit Røkkum Skarstein, a central figure in the accessibility thematic arena in Norway. The duo-team closely developed the guidelines to encourage the students in a forward-thinking design. The aim at the base of the award is to give voice to young designers so that new benchmarks are set around the theme of accessibility.

  • Physical accessibility - Sverre Bjerkholt Aamlid
    Project: Huitfeldt Art Brygge

Sverre's conservation design contemplates on the relation between space and heritage structure. The exhibition concept is designed around the existing structure, enhancing the space. The project reveals the architecture to the public, and art exhibits develop in a magnifying sequence together with the historical framing system. The exhibition rooms can be combined in a variable flow of possibilities: the room is accessible through ramps, lifts and a new bridge through floors. The project does not only make the building physically available, but can also be seen as a continuation of Trondheim Bryggen's history. While the former scope was to store and hold goods, the building now houses and disseminates culture. The idea of temporary art exhibitions will encourage many people to be brought to and get through the pier: Trondheim's citizens will regain access and knowledge about this part of their history.


  • Cultural accessibility - Marie Lowzow
    Project: Literature house in Trondheim

Historical structures often hold special spaces, the "not-regular" ones. It is a good challenge to make them accessible to the users. With such ideas Marie developed a conservation project where the historical value of the structure is given back to the public. The House of Literature project is the attempt to reconnect the building with the city. This is done by restoring the contacts, physically and culturally. The inner space of the building is remodeled with respect to the existing structure. And the variety of heights in the rooms is utilized to guarantee access to diverse audiences, thus giving cultural accessibility to the users.


  • Detail for accessibility - Peder Bua
    Project: Dialog: Mosque in Kjøpmannsgata

The project seeks to create an encounter between cultures where knowledge about tradition, faith and art being promoted. This is achieved by using the characteristic dichotomy existing in the building. Several details create a complex and structured design enhancing both the history of the building and its new uses. Peder's whole conservation design approach is developed through details, that enhance the historical space by allowing past and contemporary history to coexist. One for all, the detail of the fountain-lavatory. People will have to wash several parts of the body from head to feet before prayer. Water shaped this detail into a fountain that gradually emerges from the floor level to include all needs and heights of people.

Flavio Carniel, architect


Take>in< The accessibility design award

The way we live a space - a building, a city - it is directly related to how much we know about it. A connection exists between how much we enjoy a place and what we appreciate about it. This is especially true with historically significant spaces.

Accessibility becomes the key-word to ensure the appreciation of a space: the barrier to overcome is greater than a set of steps or a narrow doorway. When the users understand what the environment around them is, they will feel comfortable in such space and they will even enhance it.

Several designs and architectural projects motivated architect Flavio Carniel. He has been developing such concepts for nearly ten years and is now leading "Take>in< The accessibility design award".

Contact Flavio Carniel and the "Take>in< -team

About Carniel and the award

Architect Flavio Carniel has established the "Take>in<" award on his own initiative driven by a passion and interest for historic buildings and the concern for adapting them to future use, without compromising their heritage value.

Through his generous prize, Flavio added a particular dimension to the 2012 master course in architectural conservation, on one hand highlighting the need for accessibility to historic buildings, and on the other hand, encouraging the students to a widened approach to the concept of "accessibility".

Eir Grytli and Dag Nilsen
Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art


Carniel speaking to the students