Housing for Youth

Typology:  Residential, Transformation

Location:  Furuset, Norway

Year:  2013 - 2017

Status:  Competition entry, 1st prize, Completed

Size:  4000 m2

Client:  Stiftelsen Betanien

Collaborators:  Dronninga Landskap, Odd Steinsvik, Woodcon, FutureBuilt

Team:  Ingeborg U. Barlaup, Ines Correia, Johann Kjartansson, Marit Justine Haugen, Dan Zohar

Awards:  Norwegian Architecture Prize 2017, Wooden project of the year 2017, WAF Highly commented 2018,

               Oslo Architecture prize Honourable mention 2018

"How can we built affordble, environmental friendly and still keep architectural quality for the user?"

Furuset, a suburb outside Oslo, is elected by Oslo municipality for first priority case in climate-friendly urban

development. I 2013 Betanien foundation and FutureBuilt invited four team to an architectural competition. Our first prize winning entry “Good morning Alna” is the first residential project to be realized within the Futurebuilt program. The project consists of 36 apartments. They are divided into two new houses with 27 units each. The additional 9 apartments are located within Furuhuset, an existing concrete house which is undergoing residential transformation.

The proposal's overall aim is to facilitate living quality parallel with housing quality. The list in this regard is long: Unique and social outdoor areas designed for human proportions. Affordable housing as not compromise the quality of life due to high rents, energy-efficient homes, volume above area, resistant and robust materials with reduced maintenance, accessibility for all, a site with reduced car use and an increased focus on facilitating pedestrians and cyclists, social arenas and meeting places.

The lot U-31 is located in a valuable cultural environment with a landscape that is rich in narrative elements. The proposal's main intention is to protect and enhance the qualities of the site, introduce CLT house as a generator for the community and provide good, efficient and climate-friendly housing for young people just starting out.



Ulsholtveien 31 is located at Furuset. It is a 5-10 minutes walk to Furuset centre and subway station. The property of 4.8 haa is very accessible surrounded by small houses residential area. The main act on site is placing the house volumes on the west side, creating an inner social path and releasing the rest of the garden for social use. Furthermore, minimizing parking places and emphasise the site as a bicycle zone.


New housing units are added to the west side of the side. The buildings are assimilating to the sloping terrain and taking advantage of this. Semi-private and public outdoor spaces are created on the two-levelled garden.


Volume developement

New housing

The social aspect has been a priority throughout the project. Residential units consistently have all entrances from the inner residential path in order to form a living environment which has a unifying and strong social character.

Layout of modules

27 new apartments within 9 modular units are introduced in CLT – massive wood elements.  Two and two modules are mirrored to each other creating common entrances to the house.

Each module contains three apartments, one three-bedroom, one two-bedroom and one single room. Apartments have diverse qualities and design, with an emphasis on volume and air. Skylights are adopted to utilize skylights good qualities to give the rooms better spread in daylight.


A fundamental principle for the design is two facades apartments, where part of the "social" rooms (dining / kitchen) facing the residential path, to create a facade with activity and people. To the west, the apartments gain great views, private outdoor space and balconies.



Outdoor space opens up for private furnishing of zones near residential entrances, but are also designed for common use.

Situation plan - New buildings

Section - New Building

Ground Floor

1. Floor

2. Floor

Section - New Building

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