The Monastery by Eriksen Skajaa Architects

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The Monastery by Eriksen Skajaa Architects

Employees at web consultancy Netlife Research in Oslo can take a moment for contemplation inside one of three wooden rooms dedicated to silence.

The Monastery by Eriksen Skajaa Architects

Designed by Norwegian architects Eriksen Skajaa, the birch veneer-clad rooms are punctured on every side by arched doorways, windows and recesses.

The Monastery by Eriksen Skajaa Architects

Potted plants are housed inside the smaller recesses, while others are large enough for a person to climb inside.

The Monastery by Eriksen Skajaa Architects

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The Monastery by Eriksen Skajaa Architects

Photography is by Ivan Brodey.

The Monastery by Eriksen Skajaa Architects

Here's some more information from Eriksen Skajaa Architects:


The user-experience consultancy firm Netlife Research commissioned Eriksen Skajaa Architects to rethink their offices to create new spaces for reflection and creativity.

When faced with the challenge of how to create three spaces for silence and the occasional phone call the ar- chitects proposed a Monastery with a monastery garden.

The room partitioning is based on the remains of existing brick walls, while the outer walls are white pigmented birch veneer that form an enclosed box.

Some of the niches are places to put the plants of the monastery garden, while others are windows with a window sill to maintain visual contact with the office outside. One of the niches outside is even just a bench to sit and read or relax.

Architect: Eriksen Skajaa Architects
Project Team: Arild Eriksen, Joakim Skajaa
Project Year: 2011
Client: Netlife Research / Thon Eiendom

  • rock

    sexy… + after coming out of a booth one can confess!
    this could be a dynamic element for office life.