Typology:  Commercial, Cultural, Office

Location:  Oslo, Norway

Year:  2020

Status:  Competition entry, 1st prize

Size:  20.000 m2

Client:  Oslo Areal

Collaborators:  Oslo Works

Team:  Dan Zohar, Johann Magnus Kjartansson, Marit Justine Haugen, Marco Boella, Vit Gerhard

Christian Krohgs gate 2

"How do we densify and modernize the city fabric hand in hand with historical conservation"

Christian Krohgs gate 2 (CK2) touches Akerselva river and it’s linear park and is an area characterized by various buildings from different eras. The environment represents about 1000 years of history and tells the story about the industrialization of Norway. CK2 aims to be developed as part of a larger, cohesive district to increase its attractiveness and strengthen the area's history and identity.

The property consists of three different buildings which over time have created a closed structure between Christian Krohgs gate and Akerselva. Our studies unveil the potential of each individual building and then develope a strategic approach for urban repair on the site.

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Conservation strategy

With precise balance between volume study, planning and material strategy, the historical have been incorporated them into the design proposal by utilizing different types of conservation methods. The historical elements are either preserved, transformed, or become new forms, which all tell the story of Christian Krohgs gate 2 in the urban context of downtown Oslo.

  • The property is built through several construction phases and has it’s place in the industrial history along the Akerselva river, formerly housing fan belt producer Den Norske Remfabrikk.

  • The existing volumes tell the story of three buildings from different periods and testify to a continuous development in the built environment of the area.

  • Existing volume composition of the site stands out from its neighbours with a certain depth and three-dimensionality towards the Akerselva river.

  • The existing façades tells a story about the buildings' relationship to the adjoining river and street on each side. The riverside tells the story of production, storage and logistics, the street side tells the story about representation, administration, and city life.

  • The historical "Borgens gang" is a remnant of the vanished connection between the street and the river, between the city life and the Akerselva industry.

  • Elements in facades, material use and interior tell the story of Remfabrikken and its development. The facility is of significant regional cultural-historical interest as an example of local and national industrialization, and as an essential basis for the era's explosive population growth and subsequent urban development of Kristiania (Oslo).

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