We see the challenge of creating sustainable buildings and places - both environmentally and financially - as an inspiration that can be a resource for architecture, instead of a limitation.
The School of Architecture in Oslo, and Galleri Trafo in Asker are examples of very successful transformations; we have also transformed the former nursing school at Dikemark into high quality housing - the project was a financial success with very high living standards. At Karl Johan gate, we have completely rehabilitated Paleet Kjøpesenter and Oslo Handelsstands Förening's own office space.
We have built up expertise and strategies for combining existing buildings with new mass, such as the University of Svalbard, Oslo International School in Bærum and the Armed Forces Management building at Akershus Fortress. We are now working on transforming the former Sætre biscuit factory Vålerenga into housing and industry.
Sited in an old factory block the new internal court of the school is connected to the adjacent riverside bank. Parts of the complex are torn down to bring light into the deeper parts of the building, structures are sandblasted to expose the consistency of the concrete, and the new building parts and walls are made transparent to secure an aimed social transparency of the institution.
The task was to establish the new Ministry in a series of old and protected buildings at Akershus Fortress in central Oslo. New solid blocks fill in the historical pattern, while a more fluent and transparent building provides a link between new and old building blocks in close relation to the historical traces in the landscape.
Former Sætre biscuit factory – consisting today of small independent businesses - is to be transformed into a combined residential- and commercial complex; old factory premises transform into a large collection of varying apartment types. In addition, a new housing project is placed on the unbuild corner of the site, shielding the inner courtyard.
We have many years of experience in the field of architectural transformation and rehabilitation - and solid knowledge with the protection of historical architecture and antiquarian conditions.
Apart from the town hall, Sentrumsgården is the tallest building in Asker. With its 9 stories of concrete structure, it hoovers over the urban landscape, making a rather harsh impact on its surroundings. It’s a typical 60’s structuralist building – rational and repetitive – cold and rejective. It is a machine to live in, consisting of 75 small one-room studio apartments.
The old nursing school at Dikemark was built in 1966. The building consisted of a low-rise containing the school program and a high-rise comprised of single-room student dormitories. The structure is cast in in-situ concrete, facades are clad in redbrick. Architecturally and tectonically the building was of high quality, and likely to have been an exemplary school of its time.
The correlation between the two buildings create a nice forecourt, and the buildings are positioned high and unobstructed in the terrain. The building stood unused for several years, and was practically a ruin prior to renovation.