Architects Stefano Rocchetti and Luca Vernocchi designed their ‘Cross-Cutting’ urban block in Dikemark, Norway by fragmenting the volume to create links between the city’s historical core and the landscape. The project, which uses the cinematic technique of cutting between two simultaneous sets of action to show their relationship, was submitted as a competition entry for this year’s Europan 12.
The site is divided into three main areas with the historical center working as a connective tissue between the north and the south. It is further fragmented by the motorway, which divides it into two parts going through the central historical zone. Four different conditions were recognized regarding the distribution of various typologies, and the subdivision that accompanies this spatial arrangement aims to create stronger links between them.
The architects proposed a new planning strategy that introduces commercial activities and communal spaces to an area oversaturated by residential buildings. The strategy includes pedestrian and green areas and the introduction of a new area which would consist of ten 4-8-storey high buildings. These would be built using locally sourced materials. Each building would comprise apartments of different sizes, ranging from 60 to 150 square meters. The towers’ roofs would be partially covered in vegetation.