Haugen/Zohar Arkitekter (HZA) is an Oslo based practice founded in 2007 by architects Marit Justine Haugen and Dan Zohar.
The practice has established itself in the overlap between architecture, function and art, with a portfolio of national and international projects.
HZA was initiated on the common perception that architecture is by its nature, earthbound, drawn by and for people. In our work we seek the very basic relationship between space and body.
The practice first project was our own living space, drawn and built with our bare hands. The act of building from the very beginning raised our interest in how to build, parallel with the interest in what to build. The practice second project was a self-initiated, long venture for our neighbourhood in Oslo. An electrical supplier was transformed into a community house with shared space for all. The practice third project was an art project for Oslo Sculpture Biennale, introducing a familiar, but a faraway scenario in which 500 empty tents occupied the park surrounding the Vigeland Museum. That installation laid out the most economic type of shelter, on probably the most expansive piece of land in Norway.
These three firstborn projects resonate the main objectives of the practice: The commitment of drawing versatile structures, enhancing social sustainability and create affordable architecture.
We are concerned with political, social and environmental urgencies of contemporary society, and our work aim to translate such urgencies into action in different scales, ranging from; housing, public buildings, parks, meeting places, installations, urban environments and art projects.
Our work has to do with social engagement and participation, it has to do with the environment concerns and the fact that “there is a tomorrow“. Above all, the work has to do with empathy.
HZA has received several architectural awards, among others, The Norwegian Form Award for young architects (2007), The Architectural Review Awards for Emerging Architecture (2009 and 2011), the World Architecture News award 21 for the 21th century (2015) and most recently the Norwegian Architecture Prize 2017.
We make up a group of civic-minded people with high architectural ambitions. We are daily engaged in a broad spectrum of work - from private housing commissions to large-scale public programs, urban design and art. We have a basic attitude that the more responsibility we take on today, the better our lives will be in the future.
Betongtavlen concrete awards, finalist (1/6), Norway 2018
Oslo bys arkitekturpris, finalist (1/3) & honorable mention, Oslo, Norway 2018
Statens byggeskikkpris, finalist (1/6), Norway 2018
WAN AWARDS 21X21, London, UK 2015
The Fine Art Award, Oslo, Norway 2014
Nominated for Iakov Chernikhov International Prize, Moscow 2012
AR Award for emerging architects, RIBA London, UK 2011
The National Building Award, Honorable mention, Trondheim, Norway
Project of the year award, Architecture of Israel 2010
AR Award for emerging architects, RIBA LONDON 2009
Young Architects Award, Foundation of Design and Architecture, 2007
Project of the year award, Architecture of Israel 2007
1 prize - Tel Aviv Coastal Park, Israel 2016
Purchase - The Viking Ship Museum, Oslo, Norway 2016
1 prize - Art Centre Lillestrøm Norway 2015
1 prize - Art installations for Hamar Centre, Norway 2015
1 prize - Art installation for Akerselven, Oslo, Norway 2015
1 prize - Housing for youth Oslo, U-31 Norway 2014
1 prize - Master plan centre Vestnes, Norway 2014
1 prize - Julius Paltiels memorial park, Trondheim Norway 2013
1 prize - Master plan development of Ålgård, Norway 2013
1 prize - Exhibition design, The Foundation for Design and
Architecture, Oslo 2013
2 prize - Straume high-rise and square, Straume, Norway, 2013
1 prize - Wildenveys square, Mjøndalen, Norway 2012
1 prize - Ferry landing, Brønnøysund, Norway 2011
1 prize - Art installation for Askøy Hospital, Norway 2011
1 prize - Art installation for Domus Medica, Oslo, Norway 2009
Purchase - Busy Bee, Student Housing, Trondheim 2007
1 prize - Art installation for Halden High School, Norway 2006
1 prize - Art installation for Oslo National Academy of The Arts 2006
3 prize - Landmark, Architectural competition, Central glass ltd, Japan
Group exhibition, House Viewing, The National Museum of Art - Architecture, Oslo 2018
Group exhibition, X TIL BOLIG , Galleri ROM, Oslo 2018
Group exhibition, Snapshot, Galleri ROM, Oslo 2015
Solo Exhibition, Social Structures, AKS Lillestrøm Norway 2015
Group exhibition, Soft Monuments, KODE Bergen, Norway 2015
Group exhibition, Halele Carol, Bucharest, Romania 2015
The Autumn Exhibition, Oslo Norway 2014
Group exhibition, The Human Parameter, Tel-Aviv Israel 2014
Group exhibition, Small wooden architecture, Ljubljana, Slovenia 2014
Group exhibition, Century of the Child, Vandalurum Sweden 2014
Venice Biennale, Light Houses, Nordic Pavilion 2012
Norweg. Architecture 2005–2010, The National Museum of Art, Oslo 2011
Venice Biennale, People meet in architecture, Nordic Pavilion, 2010
Solo Exhibition, Coal, Kunstbanken Hedmark Kunstsenter, Norway 2010
Solo Exhibition, Buskerud Kunstsenter
Sculpture Biennale, Oslo Norway 2006 & 2008