The necklace in Lagunebyen
Who are we developing the city for? For everyone!
Vandkunsten’s proposal for Grønlikaia, “Halskæden” (The Necklace), offers a plan that socially anchors the project with generous and diverse public spaces accessible to everyone in Oslo.
The new area provides well-defined settings for urban activities around a new central landscape space – the lagoon – a protected harbor basin with good water circulation, surrounded by floating buildings of varied scales. Central to this harbor space is the historic Blockmurskaien and a local town square called Munkehagens Centrale Torv. This west-facing waterfront space becomes the focal point for communal city life and activities.
The main concept of “Halssmykket” is based on the principle balance of the circular economy, considering the social sustainability and the Earth’s tolerance limits. To minimize the artificial creation of building plots and to exceed the Earth’s tolerance limits as little as possible in urban development, we depend on minimizing artificially created land. Therefore, the buildings are placed on the water along a pile-founded harbor promenade that encircles the inner water mirror in the lagoon, resembling a necklace. The shared gathering point arises from a necessity: Build lightly and openly, minimize artificial land, and offer optimal lighting conditions out on the water.
Fjord glow for everyone!
In terms of utilization, the limitation of the building’s climate impact calls for differentiation between the development on land and on the water. We increase the density towards Kongshavnveien and dilute the development on the water. This noticeable difference creates a downsizing of the district into two types of cities that are closely connected by the lagoon and the existing quay, within which the Lagunepladsen is incorporated. At the same time, the difference in density allows for optimization of the view conditions, resulting in all homes in the plan having a fjord glow! Moreover, these views are primarily directed towards the southwest, coinciding with good solar radiation.
Kindergarden by the fjord
The location of the kindergarten, sports center, and cultural house at one of Oslo’s most beautiful viewpoints and new landscape with the buffer zone creates synergy and a new focal point that adds identity and a beautiful endpoint to the journey along Oslo’s harbor promenade.
In the floating city, there is no parking available, and the buildings are constructed with wood, which has a relatively low weight and therefore requires fewer piles and pontoon decks to support them. Parking facilities are located towards Kongshavnveien, either at ground level or as parking structures. Cars are directed into the parking facilities upon arrival in the area, ensuring that the entire area remains free of car traffic, with the exception of service vehicles.
Project name: Munkehagen, Grønlikaia
Category:Housing, Culture & Institutions, Planning
Client: Hav Eiendom
Program: Housing, detail, culture and institutions
Activity: City planning
Job type: Parallell competition
Architect: Vandkunsten, Brendeland og Kristoffersen, R21 and Gartnerfuglen
Consultant: Leva, DHI and Røisland & Co