Wednesday, October 20

These projects are fighting for the City of Oslo Architecture Prize


Oslo’s new main library is among the finalists.

Of the 29 projects submitted to the Oslo City Architecture Prize, 14 passed through the eyes of the jury. Now the three finalists are ready.

– I may never have the quality of them nominated been higher than this year.

This was stated by the leader of the Urban Architecture Council, Tanja Lie, when the 14 nominated projects were announced in August.

Now they have become even tougher and have landed in three finalists: Deichman Bjørvika, Stasjonsallmenningen sør and Vinslottet.

With the City of Oslo Architecture Award, the municipality will honor new and good architecture that is a contribution to the city and to the development of the city. The aim of the award is to create greater interest in architecture and urban development in Oslo, and to showcase the latest and greatest in Oslo architecture.

– I understand that these are the finalists, says Christian Pagh, urban development expert and director of the Oslo Architecture Triennial. It has nothing to do with the award.

Pagh has believed that much of what is built in Oslo gives little back to the community and public space. But most of the finalists are praised by the Danish expert.

Pagh is not as enthusiastic about the exterior as he is about the interior of the building.

Deichman Bjørvika

The justification states, among other things, that the new main library in Oslo has become a home for all and that the architecture expresses openness and equality.

“It has become a town hall for the inhabitants, at the same time that books have been given the prominent place they deserve. The building has a beautiful materiality, a great wealth of ideas and has become a strong and clear character in the port. The library has become an adventure to visit. “

– Architecturally and socially, Deichman is very successful as an interior space and living room of the city. The interior of the building is experienced organically, it provides a great experience and a setting for many different things, says Pagh.

Pagh is very excited about the interior of Deichman Bjørvika.

Despite being excited about the interior, he doesn’t want to call Deichman an architectural gem that sets a good framework for the community.

– It’s a cool building from the outside. The outdoor urban space is a large and not so inviting area. I could well imagine that life inside and out flowed closer together. Also in Deichman. But it is an important place for the city and an obvious finalist.

Stasjonsallmenningen is praised as an urban space and common area.

South common station

The final location is justified, among other things, by the fact that South Stasjonsallmenningen has become the central urban space and meeting point in the new Bispevika district. The jury rates the urban space as a magnificent, yet informal public service plaza that seems open and inclusive for everyone in the city.

“It is a well-designed, generous and welcoming place that fulfills its role as an urban social space in an exemplary way.”

In Stasjonallmenningen there is also a children’s playground.

Pagh is concerned that Oslo needs to improve the use of common areas, such as streets, parks and courtyards. He believes that Stasjonallmenningen sør does this in a good way.

– Stasjonsallmenningen is a very successful project.

After hearing parts of the stage, Pagh agrees.

– It is a very good urban space on a good scale. It is well connected to the surrounding buildings and spaces. It also works well with the nearby fjord.

The use of Vinslottet should inspire architects, builders and developers, according to the reasoning of the jury.

The wine castle

At Bøkkerveien in Hasle you will find the protected Vinslottet. It is an iconic building and landmark that previously housed the Vinmonopolet bottling plant.

The reasoning of the jury points out how old buildings can be given new life:

The district has received a fantastic social center in Vinslottet with 220 distinctive apartments and a new shopping center.

“Vinslottet is a good example of the transformation of old industry into a complex living environment with varied commerce. This should inspire more architects, builders and developers. “

The wine castle manages to merge housing and industry, according to the Danish expert.

Pagh thinks Vinslottet is a great building.

– It is located in an area that is characterized by many generic projects, and stands out.

Like the jury’s reasoning, Pagh points out the importance of transformation. He believes that the way they combine housing and business, in an old, listed building, is something you need to improve on.

– I wish there were more places with that kind of functionality. It is positive to merge housing and industry, and create spaces for different types of activities. Deichman has been immediately successful, so to speak.

Christian Pagh, director of the Oslo Architecture Triennale.

Finalists show what Oslo is missing

Pagh believes that the finalists show much of what Oslo lacks: integrity, nice housing projects and good outdoor spaces.

– In too many projects, everything disappears. We often see incoherent living environments, like in Løren, where Vinslottet is located. This is my basic frustration with urban planning in Oslo. That things are not connected, says Pagh.

The winner of the award will be announced on October 14 and the award will be presented by the Mayor of Oslo.


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