13. Jan 2016


A kaleidoscopic installation made of copper and light

Photos: Nils Petter Dale and Einar Aslaksen

The architects from Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS, together with interior architect Petter Abrahamsen from Riss AS and lighting designer Linda Knoph Vigsnæs from Lysstoff AS have undertaken an extensive refurbishment of Paleet, a shopping mall in Karl Johans Gate in the centre of Oslo/N. The shopping mall is housed in a building that dates back to 1860. The idea was to create a shopping destination with a strong personality through exquisite design, high-end boutiquen, a range of dining venues and a new and appropriate lightuing concept. The kaleidoscopic copper installation built into the skylight in the atrium over the main staircase in the mall makes for a special highlight.


The skylight was installed back in 1970, and the fascinating constellation of copper element mounted inside the dome. The installation has the effect of a huge modern chandelier. During the daytime natural light is filtered through the polygonal copper modules in a controlled manner. After dark directional LED spots  illuminate the structure, generating attractive patterns on the glossy surfaces in the space.

The atrium and the main staircase form the core of Paleet, linking all floors to the main entrance. The main challenge was to control the influx of daylight into the stairwell without forfeiting the perception of the height and width of the space.

Project team:

Client: KLP Eiendom
Architects: Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS – Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Siv Hofsøy, Claes Cho Heske Ekornås, Ane Sønderaal Tolfsen, Jeanette Alvestad, Mari Isdahl, Martin Kandola, Harald Lode (free-lance)
Interior architects: Riss AS – Petter Abrahamsen
Lighting design: Lysstoff AS – Linda Knoph Vigsnæs


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