FSW for Nobel Peace Center

David Adjaye's entrance canopy of the Vestbanestasjonen in Oslo

Friction stir welding (FSW) was used to build the entrance canopy of a former railway station (Vestbanestasjonen) which houses the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo. It was designed by David Adjaye, who was born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents and moved to the UK at the age of nine. He was awarded an OBE in 2007.[1][2]


David Adjaye's entrance canopy in front of the Nobel Peace Center in the former Vestbanestasjonen in Oslo

© Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris, CC BY 2.0


The entrance canopy of the Nobel Peace Center was designed by the Ghanaian-British architect Sir David Frank Adjaye (born 1966). It was opened in 2005 with Nelson Mandela as special guest.[2]


The Nobel Peace Center in Oslo

© Dirk Schröder, CC BY-SA 3.0


David Adjaye during an interview in 2017

© Garagemca, CC BY-SA 4.0



  1. Magali Robathan: Interview - David Adjaye. Clad Mag, Issue 2, 2016.
  2. Pedro Santos Vilaca da Silva: Application of Friction Stir Welding and Allied Techniques to Aluminium. 2014.
  3. Wikipedia article on David Adjaye