Aker Brygge

Project details

Location: Aker Brygge, Oslo

Size: 170 000m²

Client: Aker Eiendom

Recognition: 1st prize invited arch. competition. Oslo Council's Fine Art Award 1990. DIFA Award 2006

Built: 1989

Project description

The challenge was to build “urban qualities”, the atmosphere of a living city, into the place: to give it identity, intimacy, drama, monumentality, friendliness, contrasts, humour and the feeling of festival – to ensure that the buildings talked to each other across the streets, narrow passages and public spaces.The contact surface with the waters of the fjord has been exploited and pulled deep inside the mass of buildings via narrow passages and streets that run down to the quayside and give “energy” and life to the network of pedestrian areas within.

The four buildings are designed as city blocks and appear more like complex “building environments” than individual buildings. The “city blocks” provide a typical urban cross-section of functions: theatre, basement cinema, street-level shops, offices in the middle and apartments with luxuriant roof gardens. Neighbourhood between kinder garden and night club: a lush menu of activities for every age and desires.The apartments are conceived as a complete residential complex covering the rooftops of the city, with sun and magnificent views, far from the noise of the streets below.