Client: DNB Bank
Site: Vinkelplassen, Majorstua, Oslo
Size: 80 sq.m
Main Material: Pine
Main suppliers: Moelven, Ramirent
Design Period: March 28th-April 2nd 2015
Construction Period: July 16th-July 30th 2015
Leaders: Eirik Martin Tollåli, Lars Anders Schiøtz, Nora Ingeborg Hassel Mørk, Um-Ul-Banin Syed, Gine Backer-Røed
Participants: Kamilla Merete Kristiansen, Shohreh Kheirati, Signe Ludvigsen, Lucinda Jane Baggett, Torunn Oland Stjern, Julie Gaby, Henrik Mæland, Carmen Isabel Olsen Roman, Karoline Aarvik, Signe Helland Nyberg, Jonas Peter Falck, Jonas Aarre Sommarset, Pavel T. Sagen, Vaar Bothner, Daniel Rydland, Ingeborg Stavdal, Erik Rønneberg, Kristina Hjohlman Reed, Anton Juel Lund, Kristine Heimdal, Geir Birkeland, Inger Beate Arnevik, Balén Yousef, Christian Helliksen Schiøtz, Nikolas Røshol, Simon Dai, Ebba Karoline Due, Hedvig Åstebøl
Consulting Architechts: Stiv Kuling, Lala Tøyen, Børre Skodvin (Jensen & Skodvin)
Consulting Engineer: Dipl. Ing. Florian Kosche
"Trestykker" (Woodpieces) is an annual design-and-build-workshop for architecture students in Norway, focusing on usage of wood as the main building material. The workshop is fully organized by students. The workshop alternates between the schools of architecture in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Ås. The students from the host school chooses a leader group, while up to 30 students from all four schools can participate. The leader group works to find a client, a site and a project. The design phase is a 5 day workshop in the easter holiday, with counselling from various professional architects.
For 2015, students from AHO (Oslo School of Architecture) hosted the workshop, with the bank DNB as client. The site was the city square outside their main offices at Majorstua in Oslo. The square is located next to one of norways most busy intersection and traffic hubs. A recent rehabilitation of the square and its neighbouring building caused a lot of media debate and criticism, for destroying what was once a urban space full of life. Our task was simply to design a project that could help revitalize the empty square.
The chosen concept was called "Pusterom" (Breathing space), reflecting a wish among the students to create a space that could offer a place to sit down and relax, a place to spend time, to observe the pulsating city and use our senses to experience the urban life in ways one might not ususally get the opportunity to do. The pavillion is simply three groups of benches and a roof. With the roof construction, we hoped to create something that would contrast the neighbouring architecture, both in its geometry, construction and materiality. It was also an experiment, where we hoped to achieve interesting filtered light and acoustic effects.
The project was a very interesting experience for all involved. The building phase was a spectacle and an intervention in itself -to close off such a big and central square sparked a new awareness for this forgotten urban space and we gained a lot of interest from thousands of bypassers. This in itself became a new start for the square. We never felt sure if this experiment would work, but it has been very satisfying to see how people have started to use it after its completion and how the square now actually has become 'a place', something that people talk about and most importantly; a place where people not only pass through, but now actually also stop and spend time. The pavillion will exist for 2 years, with the possibility of extention.