Architecture is not simply a question of techniques and solutions. It is also about courage. And love. The courage is about challenging boundaries and create solutions that best brings forth the essence of the task. The love is love and dedication to the profession and the ability to turn reality upside-down in order to extract and build the best solutions.
At mmw, we try to follow our own course, and we have been less concerned with creating solutions that fit into established sourroundings. The reason for this is simple: mmw should always be an office who creates new architecture – anywhere – anytime – for anyone. We will never restrict ourselves, but remain a practice where our clients can expect and demand new and exciting solutions. At the same time we are, and will aim to remain, a practice whom our clients and collaborators can trust – a practice that delivers solid solutions which can be realized within the agreed budgets and time schedules.
mmw architects mnal was founded by Magne Magler Wiggen in the fall of 1997. The first project the office did was Fhiltex – a mobile home made from two steel containers.
This project put the office on the map in earnest, nationally and internationally. Since then we have made our mark with new and innovative solutions that challenge the conventions of building. The Time Machine, Caravantex, Villa Bakke, Kilden Cinema, Bølgen & Moi restaurant, Inferno and Saboteur are examples of this.
Today the office consists of nine people who posess a broad competence in the fields of architecture, planning, building-conservation, stage design and furniture design.
Even if mmw first and foremost is an architectural practice, we also have a gallery, studio 34, which regularly host art- and design exhibitions.
In 2001 Wallpaper magazine listed mmw as one of the ten most exciting architecture and design practices in the world.
The practice has also been recognized through lectures at various institutions such as the Architectural Association, London, the Oslo School of Architecture, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Bergen association of architects and Norsk Form in Oslo.
The practice was the only Norwegian participant in the Image02 exhibition in London in the spring of 2002, and has had several of its projects presented in television and radio as well as in publications like Frame, AMC, Quaderns, Dwell, Design, Fjords, Architectural Review and Byggekunst.
In the spring of 2004 the office was invited to make the Connector installation at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York. The office also had it’s second apearance at the Norwegian Architecture Museum exhibition “20 under 40” the autumn of 2004, the first apearance was in ’98.