Huk Aveny Housing

Various Architects are working on family housing project for Midgard Eiendom. The assigned plot has a great location on Bygdøy in Oslo.

The design has area-efficient and smart solutions, which are characteristic for floor plans. The housing is adapted to modern and functional lifestyle and at the same time fits to its beautiful surroundings. It consists of five two-storey housing units with sloped roof. Houses are situated in order to reach the best possible sunlight, view and privacy. The parking in underground. Each house has private rooftop terrace and its own garden.

Lillestrøm Bicycle Hotel

Norway has set ambitious targets for environmental and sustainable future. An increasing number of railway stations will now have a bicycle hotel, to promote the use of bicycles. On Monday 10 October 2016 the Lillestrøm Bicycle Hotel opened in Lillestrøm. The city that has been frequently voted Norway´s best cycling city.
Commissioned by ROM Eiendom AS and The Norwegian National Railways, the design of the building focuses on making a positive contribution to the surroundings. The project gives back to the city the area it takes away by providing a public green rooftop, which directly connects to the main square of the Train Station.
Design Concept
A free form wooden roof resting on a glass box.
The glass box consists of transparent glass walls and a playful concrete base that protects the building against the surrounding heavy traffic. The transparent glass walls allow natural light to filter through during the day and transform the building into a glowing box at night, providing a special visual experience. The mood of the building keeps changing from day to night.
The dynamic wooden roof that lays on top of the glass box, slopes diagonally down to the west towards the train station plaza. This gesture provides an inviting public access to the top. The roof is conformed by furnishing, vegetation, stairs and slopes. This creates a unique experience with a panoramic view towards Lillestrøm. The glass walls continue over the roof, turning into the balustrade around the public area. The roof also penetrates through the walls to frame the entrance and to provide a shelter against rain.
Together the glass box and the roof create an intimate yet open and accessible public space. The interior space focuses on the function of the building with light and natural surfaces. The double story bicycle rack becomes the main element in the space. The room height varies from 2.70 m to 6.00 m following to the curvature of the roof.

 

Villa Faun

Various Architects has been commissioned to design an apartment complex, located in the Northwest hill side of Oslo, Norway, with a great view over the city and to the Oslo Fjord. The neighbourhood is characterised by various types of Norwegian houses built during the last 100 years.

The main intention for Villa Faun was to bring together a unifying identity to the project, while creating individual and private units. The building is placed on the site and oriented with an angle to frame views and natural daylight for indoor and outdoor spaces.

Villa Faun has a basic pitched-roof house shape, that is developed according to the functions and surroundings. The roof, together with Northern and Southern facades create a massive wooden envelope. The other two facades contrast with the envelope in form, material and colour. These facades are characterised with playful extrusions and intrusions that give individual identity to each unit.

This playfulness breaks down the scale of the facades and creates a dynamic form, while the clear wooden envelope balances the overall expression. Therefor Villa Faun appears both calm and playful. The architecture has a unique character and at the same time it fits with the surrounding context in harmony with traditional neighbouring villas.

Due to the sloping terrain, The volumes are designed with split-levels, so that both apartments on the ground floor could get straight into the garden.The split level also allows extra height for the upper apartments which provides generous spaces. The pitched-roof has an asymmetrical shape that works well the split level design and allows for additional height. Hence the possibility to create an extra mezzanine floor within building height regulations. The car parking is located in an underground garage, to maximise green areas and create more enjoyable outdoor spaces.

The massive wooden envelope is visible in the interior and is integrated with various functions, including fire places, kitchen units and ventilation in addition to built-in benches and deep window frames.

Lokomotivstallen

ROM Eiendom AS engaged Various Architects to design the development of a historical building in Lodalen, Oslo. This administration building lies in a locomotive industrial zone with quite unique proportions, 8 meters wide and 205 meters long.

The design is a result of a collaborative process with the client, ROM Eiendom AS and the tenant, CargoNet. To convert this historical building into functional office spaces we created extroverted building structures on that compliments the long historical facade. This allows for creating exciting interior spaces and enhance the daylight qualities for the building. In order to creating universal access design, we added a new elevator connecting all floors. The design of the new main entrance and elevator has been inspired by existing elements in the facades, creating a new landmark tower with a trademark railway clock on top.

The Cultural Heritage Management in Oslo have been positive to our design proposal, and gave the following feedback: “… It is possible to combine historical restoration with modern office spaces. Both the size of the building and the robust architecture allows us to recommend this design strategy. We also understand the need for such design to be able to raise the qualities of the office spaces.”

Øvre Smestadvei Housing

Various architects were commissioned by Midgard Eiendom to design a family housing complex situated in central area Holmen in Oslo.

The project consists of eight housing units with wooden facades. The concept was to create spacious common area in the middle of the site, yet each house has its own identity and private garden with roof terrace.

Duplex Apartments B13

Various Architects is commission do design the refurbishment of a historical apartments building in the center of Oslo, Norway. The building, from the 19th century is well preserved and has undergone a successful renovation of the facades.

The project consists of renovation of the top 2 floors including the attic, to create 10 new appartments. Our design concept focuses on maximum utility of the existing space and creating apartment with unique qualities highlighting the historical value of the building. Instead of creating separate apartments on each floor we designed duplex apartments to minimise egress corridors and to create a flow between the spaces on different floors. In addition we lifted parts of the roof to allow for natural day lighting to flow through the higher living spaces.

Winter Cabin Kvitfjell

Various Architects were commissioned design a modern spacious winter cabin in Kvitfjell, Norway.

The site is situated next to a ski slope with an amazing  panoramic view. The shape of the cabin offers two expressions. From the side of road as close, private, with functions as storage for skis and garage. On the other side, cabin is opening towards the view with curved glass wall. The entrance hall has low ceiling, yet as we continue further to main living area, it suddenly changes to spacious open space. The feeling is enhanced by a beautiful view in front of us framed by the cabins glass curved wall along the entire inner fasade.

The concept is to create a flow and connection between defined spaces. Each of the space enjoy day light and great view with a sense of enclosure. The floor plan is divided to common social part, guest and private part. The heart of the cabin is dinning and lounge area with a big fireplace. The private bedroom area is located close to the entrance to avoid cross circulation. The cabin includes exterior jacuzzi with sauna and gym in the basement.