Sørenga 2 The city by the fjord

Project information
Location
Oslo
Client
Sørenga Utvikling
Year
2012

Project contact

Lutz Volke

+47 979 65 649

lv@mad.no

Challenging construction tasks and great architectural gains when Oslo for the first time moved large urban structures into the fjord.

The projects along the fjord – Barcode in Bjørvika and the expansion of Tjuvholmen, extended the already existing city structure in Oslo, while Sørenga is representing a radical innovation. With a location at the edge of a prior quay, Sørenga wasn’t only separated from other construction and infrastructure, it was a new settlement which is literally in the fjord, surrounded by water.

In these challenging surroundings, undermined strict regulations, Mad-architects were the ones to contribute the realisation of two apartment complexes.

 

"The block gets this distinctly open character, and at the same time one gets a protected courtyard with simple accessibility to the infrastructure of the area."

Urban exploration

Sørenga 2 is an apartment complex where classical qualities meet bravery and the determination to explore what this kind of typology actually permits in terms of quality of living. The block is divided into four sections where every single element has an angled wall facing the neighbour. This allows even more light and air into both the apartments and the courtyard.

The block gets this distinctly open character, and at the same time one gets a protected courtyard with simple accessibility to the infrastructure of the area. This compact signature and the high number of residents who all share the courtyard, leaves an intimate feeling. This feeling is a contrast to the visual space characterizing Sørenga, where the district is located in sweet solitude right by the waterfront.

Cultivation of the maritime

Sørenga as an innovative district in Norwegian context, where a whole neighbourhood is moved from by the fjord to in the fjord. The answer to this localization has been elaborate waterfront promenades, a brilliant swimming construction and a great awareness that all buildings should open up to the sea so that those who live here should get an optimal return of the exotic location. By opening the structures Mad architects have accomplished this; where the buildings are aired out, and there is a visual contact with the fjord from the apartments, also for the ones living in the innermost buildings.

"The strict conditions to obtain a uniform settlement, both aesthetic and relating to the structure, underlies the architecture out in the fjord."

Details and architecture

Anyone experiencing Sørenga, will quickly understand that the architects couldn’t choose facades or measurements on the buildings themselves. The strict conditions to obtain a uniform settlement, both aesthetic and relating to the structure, underlies the architecture out in the fjord.

Nevertheless, this does put stringent demands on precision, detailing and the ability to bring the most out of the available materials. With its angled walls, different encounters between buildings, grounds and street level, and complicated geometries – Sørenga 1 became a technical challenge, regarding both the constructive challenges and the fact that the architects had to shape apartments of high quality.

We are proud of the result. And we look forward to see the developments in the area of Bispevika, and to see the result in its final, urban-maritime context.

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