We are architects. Our firm was founded in Stavanger, Norway in 1996, and now has offices in Stavanger and Oslo. We are a collective of 26 people from many different countries and cultural backgrounds.


Helen & Hard work with a wide range of project typologies and scales. These include individual private dwellings, large mixed-use commercial schemes, public cultural buildings, transformation and urban development projects. Throughout our architecture we strive to engage with and respond to the unique potential that lies within the local conditions of a place.


Innovation Award for Universal Design, Architecture Category – Vindmøllebakken
Design og Arkitektur Norge (DOGA)
State Prize for Building Quality, finalist – Vindmøllebakken
Direktoratet for Byggkvalitet
Building of the Year – Financial Park
Timber Building of the Year – Financial Park
WAF Award (Office – Future Project), commended – Financial Park
World Architecture Festival
Lifetime honour to be part of RIBA’s 2017 International Fellowships
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
Building of the Year, nomination – Flekkefjord Kulturhus
Architizer A+Award (Multi Unit Housing – High Rise) – Rundeskogen
Design og Arkitektur Norge (DOGA)
Timber Award
National Association of Norwegian Architects



Building Communities

A film by the team at BBC StoryWorks and Innovasjon Norge

We are proud to share an extract from a recent collaboration ‘Building Communities’ with the team at BBC StoryWorks and Innovasjon Norge as they explore “how a vision for quality, affordable, and sustainable housing for all across Europe can become a reality.” This vision closely aligns with the values and ambitions behind our architecture at Helen&Hard and it was therefore a privilege to share an insight into our practice as we continue to explore how to create socially and environmentally sustainable housing alternatives and to innovate with timber construction in today’s building industry. Learn more about the ‘Building Communities’ series via the BBC website// http://www.bbc.com/storyworks/building-communities/home/

Watch the talk here

The Financial Park

Featured in an article on Archdaily

Excerpt from the article: “This is an example of the future workplace and one of Europe’s largest office buildings in timber. To make a large-scale bank in timber challenges the notion of a strong, robust bank, while breaking ground for the use of structural timber.”

Read the article here

Gaining by Sharing

Gaining by Sharing is a model based on principles of sharing that Helen & Hard has developed together with Indigo Vekst and Gaia Trondheim. It shows how human, social and environmental needs can be met in a sustainable and symbiotic way.


See the Vindmøllebakken project