GALLERY: Statoil’s after a new architecture prize

It's only a year and half since Statoil's award-winning Oslo offices were completed, but already the company wants to commission another architecturally awesome building, this time for Stavanger. Too much money, anyone?

GALLERY: Statoil's after a new architecture prize
A contender for Statoil's new offices in Stavanger? Photo: Harald Pettersen/Statoil
The five shortlisted designs include offerings by leading Norwegian firms Helen & Hard, Snøhetta and Space Group (who have teamed up with Foster + Partners), with Dutch architects OMA and Sweden's Wingårdhs also in the running. 
"It will be an inspiring, future-oriented and functional building offering a good working environment for 3,500 people. At the same time we must ensure that the area's infrastructure is properly considered," said Kåre Thomsen, who is responsible for Statoil's office buildings.
The competition was announced in September and the winner will be announced in April/May. 
Statoil isn't saying which project belongs to which firm, but the architecture buffs who read Architecture Daily have already been making their guesses. Is number three Foster + Partners, or perhaps number four. 

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Norway Burger King ordered to close for breaking corona rules

A branch of Burger King in Norway was ordered to close on Saturday night after inspectors judged it was allowing customers to rub up too closely together.

Norway Burger King ordered to close for breaking corona rules
The branch of Burger King in Stavanger's main square. Photo: Google Maps
The restaurant in Stavanger, the capital of the country's oil industry, was visited by inspectors from the city government late on Saturday night, and judged not to be meeting infection control requirements.  
“The restaurant was closed because they did not comply with the guidelines for distance between the customers,” Øyvind Berekvam, a spokesperson for the municipality, told Norway's state broadcaster NRK
Norway requires all bars and restaurants to ensure that customers and personnel can maintain a distance between one another of at least one metre. 
Heidi Moss, the marketing manager for King Food, which has run Burger King's Norway franchise sine 1988, said that the chain was looking at how to make sure there could be no infringements at its other 109 restaurants in the country. 
“We are of course taking the event in Stavanger very seriously,” she told NRK. “We want to avoid similar situations and are right now looking at measures that can be implemented.”
She said she was considering where possible putting place a one-way system in restaurants with separate entrances and exits, and also perhaps hiring security guards. 
The closure marked the first time a bar or restaurant has been shut down for non-compliance in Stavanger since the coronavirus pandemic began in March. 
Runar Johannessen, the head of infection control in Stavanger, said he believed that all nightspots should employ security guards to make sure customers follow distancing requirements. 
“It is a challenge to adhere to the guidelines when there is as little contagion as there is now, but with no idea how this develops,” he said. 
For example, it may be to return to stay open day and night, guard when there are many guests waiting and differentiated entrance and exit so that there is a one-way walk through the restaurant, according to the marketing manager.