Perusing the Oslo-based firm Superunion Architects’ portfolio is a bit like zooming in and out with a telephoto lens: some views reveal the wider picture, while others bring even minute details into focus. Take a 7-foot by 10-foot area rug the architects created patterned with topographic images of Las Vegas, or a 250-acre airport master plan in southeastern Norway. Superunion deftly navigates such leaps in scale.
“The detailing of an interior can inform work at a bigger scale,” says Johanne Borthne, 38, who cofounded Superunion with Vilhlem Christensen, 32, in 2011. “The buildings in a master plan become more than abstract blocks on a field of grass, because you have developed a sense of what it feels like to be in different spaces. These shifts are interesting for us.” Adds Christensen, “Overall, we have the same approach regardless of scale, which is to reach a clear and simple solution to a problem.”