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Scan Magazine | Architecture Special | Norway

Changing Oslo’s waterfront – Tjuvholmen Anyone revisiting Oslo after not being there for at least seven years is up for a surprise. The city’s waterfront has been completely revamped and finally opened up to the public. One of the most interesting projects is Tjuvholmen (the Thief Islet), a former ship yard turned into the flashiest area of town with office buildings, apartments, a top-notch hotel, restaurants, galleries such as the Astrup Fearnley Museum, and even a beach and a viewing tower. “The landscape has played a crucial role in the success of Tjuvholmen as it has become a meeting place for Osloites from all over the city as well as tourists,” says Borgersen. “Since the start of the project, named Icon Complex, we aimed to make the landscape the connector, binding together all the different buildings and users through public areas such as parks, squares, alleys and

Photo: Sigurd Fandango

The firm has won numerous prizes over the years, most recently in September this year for the housing project D36 in collaboration with Element Architects AS. The Architecture Prize, awarded for the first time this year, is highly regarded in the industry as the nomination and voting is done by fellow architects. “It is a special honour to receive this recognition,” Borgersen admits. D36 is indeed worth a closer look as the housing project in Oslo is home to an interesting mix of 21 flats, three bird nesting boxes and, of all things, a shoe shop. The artistic façade consists of eight layers of glass with ceramic prints, while the roof top is a green oasis divided into one communal and several private areas.

Main image and above: As part of the recent redevelopment of Oslo’s waterfront, Tjuvholmen, an old ship yard, has been turned into a flashy combination of offices, flats, restaurants and more. Photos: Nic Lehoux. Below: The suggestion for the new Government Quarter.

canals,” she explains. The different spaces of the Icon Complex are defined by small individualistic interceptions, and the project was performed in cooperation with the architect behind the Astrup Fearnley Museum Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Rebuilding the Government Quarter Gullik Gulliksen Landscape Architects was, alongside Danish super firm BIG, Hjellnes Consult and Atelier Ten, chosen amongst six teams to present a plan for the new Government Quarter in Oslo, the area devastated by the horrific bombing on 22 July 2011. “The rebuilding of this is an important step forward for Norway, both physically and mentally, but it also carries huge symbolic significance,” says Borgersen.

In line with Norway’s response to the atrocities, with focus on more openness and stubbornly persistent democracy, Gullik Gulliksen Landscape Architects suggested making the area into a whole new city space full of parks, recreational areas and other public spaces, with a surrounding ‘mountain chain’ of office spaces where all employees can see each other in what is described as ‘democratic high buildings’. “The buildings are brought back to the people,” explains Borgersen. The project is ongoing, and a decision about the final execution has yet to be made.

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Scan Magazine, Issue 81, October 2015  

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Scan Magazine, Issue 81, October 2015  

Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with Swedish singer Ane Brun.