Hidden off one of Oslo’s most prestigious streets is a cul-de-sac surrounded by cultural buildings rich in heritage. Here lies the opportunity for a sensitive and responsive residential development that will frame the cultural assets and amenities which line the road behind Oslo’s palace.
The plot is seen as a theatre stage where the existing cultural assets stand as actors before the backdrop of the proposal. This ‘stage’ is landscaped to meet varying datums across the site, and it includes retail buildings, restaurants and cafés. The groundscape is critical to the success of the scheme; offering new connections and clear permeability through the site, it improves the urban area.
The development is dressed in varying pastel pigments of brick and stone inspired by the surrounding buildings. The height of the new development is adapted to the surroundings providing a variety of public and private sunny terraces and squares. The form is arranged to maximise south-westerly views toward the palace and sunsets, whilst being sympathetic to neighbouring building’s existing views.