The outdoor fireplace they designed as part of a kindergarten playground in Trondheim is a good example of this approach. Its shape, inspired by the Norwegian turf huts and traditional log constructions, is functional in that it works as a natural chimney; it relates to its context by reusing leftover materials from a nearby construction site (this was clearly also a matter of a limited budget); and it is a beautiful, sculptural object as well.
Built on a concrete base, the beehive-like structure consists of 80 layered circles made up of small lengths of naturally impregnated pine core laid in something resembling a brick stretcher bond, but with gaps instead of mortar. The openings serve both to create the chimney effect and to admit natural light. When it's dark, the fireplace is a magic lantern, a fitting image to go with the fairy tales that are told inside. (Kirsten Hannema)