We create projects with conceptual clarity.
We turn complexity into assets and catalysts for creativity, to find often surprisingly simple answers resilient and strong enough to survive from imagination to completion.
We add value through design.
We search for the unexpected, to provide more for the same; to create space where none was requested, to dare to imagine a greater potential in the brief. Through an intelligent design process, we add economic and social value to every project.
Our cities thrive on diversity, our lives enriched by surprises. We aim for our projects to transcend building categories, create and take part in the city, be places to meet, rooms to cherish, occasions to celebrate; permanent spaces for an uncertain future. We work with all scales and programmes to continuously allow ourselves to think wider; bridging function, culture and environment.
SPOL is an international architectural office based in São Paulo and Oslo , practicing in architecture and urbanism; from strategies to design.
From the vantage points of two urban extremities: São Paulo, the mother city of South America, Oslo, the ambitious youngster still searching for its identity; we cross the span in the ongoing urbanisation. Seemingly very different in location, climate, scale and wealth distribution, the similarities in the two countries economic, cultural and architectural foundation allow us to speak one architectural language.
Locally we are in the culture, at a distance we are able to be critical.
Through an inclusive and open process we empower our clients to make (the right) decisions.
Our method springs from a critical and curious design process with the aim to uncover the full potential of each brief.
We are committed and engaged, working closely with our clients in developing unique solutions to each challenge, in advancing business plans into reality.
SPOL is led by architects Adam Kurdahl, Jens Noach and Raissa Bahia with offices in São Paulo and Oslo.
Adam Kurdahl has a broad experience from complex architectural and urban projects internationally. He has managed several large and small projects from competition to completion, focusing on marrying design intent and urban strategies with successful business cases. Adam has been responsible for several award winning projects and competitions like the Nedregate Culture District (Oslo City’s Architecture award) Clarion Hotel Trondheim (Choice of the Stars), Filipstad Masterplan and principle architect on the Award winning V-House (Houens Fund’s Diploma for outstanding architecture). Adam Kurdahl was the founding partner of Space Group Brasil and led the office to the reconfiguring to SPOL Architects in 2014.
Adam born in Copenhagen studied Architecture and Urbanism at Delft University in the Netherlands and at Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark from where he received his master’s degree. In 2000 Adam Kurdahl won the first prize in the in the “ArchiPrix International” for his thesis project. Kurdahl has taught at The Royal Danish Art Academy in Copenhagen, Politecnico di Milano and Oslo School of Architecture.
Jens Noach has a broad architectural experience from Norway and abroad, and is accustomed to handling large and complex architectural and urban projects. In Oslo, this includes the transformation of the former Aker’s Mechanical Workshops at Aker Brygge for Norwegian Property, the New Oslo Central Station for ROM Eiendom and BI Campus Nydalen for Avantor.
Jens Noach studied Architecture and Urbanism at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway, and at the Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark, as well as the RIBA Part III at The Bartlett School of Architecture in London. Since taking his Master’s degree in 1993, he has lived and worked as an architect in Vienna, London and Oslo.