2012 - 2019
Transitions between archipelago and the city
The Opera House as your neighbor
Since 2000 the development of Oslo has followed the Fjord City masterplan for areas fjord waterfront. The Opera House was built according to this plan. In 2012 Vandkunsten Architects won the competition for two plots in the Bispevika area neighboring the Opera neighborhood. It is currently under construction.
The new residential area is located on the waterfront in central Oslo. Contrasting the dense and high buildings behind it, we have used characteristics from natural archipelagos that is a series of spatial transitions – from the open sea to the calm inland waters – and to the little rock you climb with the feeling of being the very first.
”We want to add qualities to the area of living so close to the water. In fact we raise the water level locally to bring the water closer. Our approach is quite Danish. In order to keep the complex low-rise, we built very dense and have worked intensely on the spaces between the buildings.”
- Jan Albrechtsen, architect MAA, partner
Experience living by the water
A closer relationship to the water is experienced on the new bridges and inland water that bring the water higher and closer.
Project name: Housing in Bispevika
Client: Oslo Sentrum Utvikling A/S
Location: Oslo, Norway
Gross area: 35.000 m²
Date: 2012 - 2019
Status: Project detailing
Number of units: 300
Activity: Architecture, landscape, urban space
Job type: 1. prize in parallel assignment
Construction system: Steel. concrete, wood
Contact: Jan Albrechtsen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Architect: Vandkunsten Architects