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City: Alta
Title: Life in Norwegian Piers

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The city of Alta has commerce centers and different equipment grouped in big blocks. The residential buildings, mainly unifamiliar, are distributed by the remaining areas with a mass of extensive vegetation between the volumes.

The sector is separated from the city by road, topography and vegetation. City and coastal area are not related. The purpose of the project is to build residential buildings in an industrial and useless area. Currently there are buildings with concrete structure which are warehouses or large agricultural trades. The industry of the sector works with slate.

The new sector aims to be an attention focus of the city, therefore there is a need to create connections between the city and the sector with roads and commerce.

Uses are no longer classified into defined areas and housing modules with ground floor commerce are created. New commercial routes are made in order to connect parks, squares and facilities without leaving the residential «zone». Jetties remain operational for commerce and leisure functions.

The main axis keeps sheltered from the sea, generating squares, commerce and leisure spaces which generate movement and mix of uses. The equipments are related to the production and consumption activities of the area and are distributed along the axes for general movement and activity.

PIERS: The piers generate movement due to the uses of the low floors of the modules: local trade, artisans, restaurants…
Free spaces with vegetation and paved squares appears along the piers way. The buildings frame the sea views in some points in order to control landscape. The wood construction is a light element which is placed above the ground without undoing the natural topography of the land. The project facade is formed by piers and modules constructed with wood structure, this structure is placed above the stones, the project boundary does not match the boundary of the terrain. The two limits coexist in different heights.

The urban project is constantly trying to get closer to the terrain letting it get inside open spaces. Fishing generates benefits for local businesses and restaurants. The fish market is a focus of attention for the city. The aim is to attract diverse types of people through leisure, culture, trade and fishing.