Typology: Urbanism, Housing
Location: Voss, Norway
Status: Competition entry
Size: 28.000 m2
Client: Voss Eiendom
Collaborators: Ingeborg U. Barlaup - Fjordfaret Arkitektkontor
Team: Marco Boella, Vit Gerhard, Marit Justine Haugen, Dan Zohar
"How can we bring the shared experiences of urban life into a sustainable housing project?"
Voss Sustainable District
Lekvemoen - the future of the wooden village in centrum
The proposal preserves the prestigious Sefrak buildings and proposes a low-density wood building strategy to preserve Lekvemoen as the "wooden town" in its historical environment. Closer to Uttrågata and the gas station, a higher density is possible.
Enhance the river promenade
Introduce a building structure that reinforces views to the river and connections to green spaces and Gymnashaugen.
Preserve the older residential buildings in Lekvemoen integrating atmosphere and experienced for a building structure.
Make 2-3 story wooden houses in the south, divided into 3 “tun” and 5 river lamellas with internal corridors
At the Gas station site, a higher utilization is proposed, 4-5 floors.
Parking strategy for the whole area: In new parking basement, in existing parking basements behind commercial buildings and on terrain.
Maintain the Sefrak registered Godtemplarhallen from 1902, as a social generator for Lekvemoen
Demolish commercial buildings and housing without value.
Aerial view of Lekvemoen
Section river lamellas
The river site
The proposal’s intention is to create urban housing situation by the river bank in an area that currently is inactive. The proposal shows a modern Voss, an innovative and dynamic community with urban qualities that reflects a diverse population.
The site has a strategically important location on the route between Voss city center and Amfi shopping center. The ambition is therefore that the new buildings will be generators for city life and the streetscape at the entrance to Vangen, attract more people and bring them down to the river front.
Overall intentions and strategies:
Continuation of the streetscape in Uttrågata
Orientation towards the bridge with façade and urban space
Link between building and river
Maintaining views from Lekvemoengata
Creation of an urban river plaza - Vossoplassen
Orientation towards the river and existing context
Retail in the ground floors as a generator for Vossoplassen
Vossoplassen with adjoining proposed housing
Split-level apartments with a garden
The split-level apartment is double-story apartment with a surface area of 29m2 and two mezzanines of 12m2 and 4,20m ceiling height. Her the volume is weighed above area that offers flexible use and furnishing, for ever changing life situations such as visiting relatives.
The mezzanine can be used as sleeping alcove and the area under the stairs is utilized for storage. It is also possible to establish a wardrobe on the mezzanine or to use parts of it as an office.
The apartment has large windows which lets in allot of light and kitchen and living room take full advantage of the double high ceiling height. The apartments have direct access to green areas in the garden facing south and west.
Interior of the split-level apartment