Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects unveiled their winning competition proposal to design the area of Skøyen in central Oslo, Norway. The masterplan scheme aims to create a clear street network of main streets, internal passageways, shortcuts and promenades which will strengthen local engagement and link the area with major transportation hubs.
The design for the area, called Eureka Kvarteret, will create a connection to Oslo fjord and combine diversity of pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods and natural environments. Drawing from the configuration of existing structures, the architects aimed to create a design which will introduce new life between the buildings and divide the site into five distinct blocks. Open block structures and high rises will become prominent parts of the masterplan, while introducing an extra layer of the street hierarchy.
“We have proposed a framework that builds upon a basic idea about the space between the buildings. By creating a strong and diverse hierarchy consisting of streets, alleys, squares and plazas, we see a future city centre that will become a catalyst for the dense urban development of Skøyen,” said the firm’s Senior Partner Kristian Lars Ahlmark.