Stavanger, Norge

Sjøhus­rekken – The city’s en­counter with wa­ter

Pynteneset in Stavanger is centrally located just across from Stavanger’s beautiful old town center, amidst an archipelago landscape with the vast harbor as the foreground.

From the outset, we have had an ambition to capture one or more historical elements associated with Stavanger’s historic waterfront houses in the encounter with water.

Our proposal for the development and construction of the Pynteneset area is based on the desire to emphasize the city’s encounter with water. This includes a landscape and recreational encounter inspired by the city’s original typologies, as well as a local quality of living precisely here as part of a charming local area. It is a neighborhood with an open and low scale in close relation to the ever-present grand nature.

The narrow gables and rib structure of the “sjøhus” (seaside houses) have historically been the dominant architectural form along Stavanger’s waterfront. We have incorporated this historical approach into our proposal, where the building plots are divided by an inner street. This street features a row of houses facing the water and another row facing an inner courtyard.

The “tunet” (courtyard) becomes a natural gathering place and forms the framework for a community for the residences. Everyone has a connection to the central pedestrian street. Children play safely, and on beautiful summer days, people barbecue. All the residences have a facade that faces away from the inner street and towards the landscape, providing a more private space with direct access to the green open area if one desires.

The row of houses consists of three typologies: the “sjøhusene” (seaside houses) forming the edge towards the water, the “bolighusene” (residential houses) forming the edge towards the road, and the “mellembyg” (intermediate building) connecting the sjøhusene and bolighusene.

The row of sjøhusene is located between the water and the adjacent Strandgate. The water and the street are connected by larger open spaces as well as a series of narrow alleys and passages. Small private courtyards are formed between the three typologies.

Pynteneset is enriched by being surrounded by water. To maintain and improve the aquatic environment and marine habitats, stone reefs, experimental eelgrass meadows, and mussel farms are established.

By increasing the utilization of the water’s biological resources, we reduce our overall environmental and climate footprint. The blue biomass is also used in Pynteneset’s restaurant, where locally harvested mussels and other marine organisms are served.

Project facts


Project name: Pynteneset

Category:Housing, Planning

Client: Pynteneset Eiendom

Location: Stavanger, Norge

Date: 2022

Status: Ongoing


Program: Housing and planning

Activity: City planning

Job type: Competition

Contact: Elena Astrid Rojas,

Project group: Elena Astrid Rojas, Emma Hansson, Line Tebering, Marie Hildebrand Frederiksen, Madeline Rudnicki-Ulholm, Anna Maya Handberg, Olivia Thomsen, Bolette Victoria Bukrinski, Nel Jan Schipull, Pauline Faaborg


Architect: Vandkunsten

Landscape: Vandkunsten