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Bartlett Alumni to Design New Norwegian Embassy

13 August 2021

Haptic Architects, led by Bartlett graduates Tomas Stokke, Scott Grady and Timo Haedrich, will work with Sweco and Statsbygg to design the new embassy building in Beijing.

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Haptic was awarded the commission by Statsbygg, the Norwegian Directorate of Public Construction and Property. The commission was the outcome of a public tender, with fourteen teams competing to be awarded the project. Haptic will collaborate with engineering consultancy Sweco to design the new building. 

The team will begin work on the project shortly, and construction will commence in 2022. Team members of Haptic and Sweco have worked together before, and Haptic have worked on projects in China in the past. Haptic’s other projects include Istanbul Grand Airport, six apartments at the former London Television Centre and the redevelopment of the Norwegian Government Headquarters.

Tomas Stokke founded the London/Oslo based practice in 2009 with Nikki Butenschøn, Scott Grady and Timo Haedrich. Tomas, Scott and Timo all studied Architecture at The Bartlett. Tomas graduated in 2003, and has lectured at the school, leading a unit within Architecture BSc. Scott graduated in 2003 and has taught Architecture March students in Unit PG24, and Timo completed his Architecture MArch in 2004.

Designing the embassy in Beijing is a dream project for us. It is an important representation of my home country, Norway, in one of the most dynamic cities in the world. We think this could be a real gem of a building and we are really excited about getting stuck in.”

- Tomas Stokke

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