This video shows an interview with Reinhard Kropf, an architect from Helen & Hard architectural practice. He is a graduate of the Technical University in Graz where he studied under Günter Domenig. He also studied under Sverre Fehn at the Oslo School of Architecture, which is where he met Siv Helene Stangeland. Stangeland and Kropf set up their practice, Helen & Hard, in Stavanger in 1995. This practice occupies a special position in Norwegian architecture, both in terms of their projects and of their location in the western oil-town of Stavanger. They are still a young practice, yet they have many built works to their name, including surprising conversions of old structures and innovative housing projects. Lately, they have won several competitions for public buildings. Reuse of existing elements from local industry and use of local human resources are common to many projects, as are inventive analysis and working methods. What emerges is quite different from the regional modernism that has dominated the Norwegian architectural scene for almost a century. During the interview, Helen and Hard founder speaks about the practice’s philosophy and working methods. This film includes the architects combing the Norwegian woods for a suitable ash tree for the project as Helen and Hard reconstruct an ancient ash tree harvested from the forests near Stavanger. Their concept is to recreate the childhood pleasure we all take from playing in dens in the forest.