Store Street No 16


Sir Peter Cook presents...Helen & Hard

Helen and Hard are a resourceful model of 21st Century young architects: known on a European grape-vine by other young architects who are intrigued by creative lateral thinking. They operate out of Stavanger, a small but enterprising city that has grown with the oil industry.

Truly post-industrial, their work explores unusual production methods drawn from Norway’s timber building heritage as well as the resource pool related to oil production and the rigs themselves. H & H - who are Helene Stangeland (Norwegian) and Reinhard Kropf (Austrian) met whilst studying in Graz and you can sense in their work the witty combination of the architectural traditions of both countries.

Their recent work, including the ‘Base-Camp’ housing and Geopark’ – which is an outdoor science centre, youth park and venue site pushes out boundaries with considerable élan.

Store Street is supported by DSDHA, Fletcher Priest Architects, HOK, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Marks Barfield Architects, Michael Gallie & Partners, Stanton Williams and Wilkinson Eyre.

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