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Europan 14: Productive Cities


City: Narvik
Title: Møte

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[meeting] – The act or process or an instance of coming together; an encounter.
The recovery of the City’s urban culture by creating a meeting place between multiple actors and activities – this is the primary concept from which the project moves expressing the intention to create an urban space that can be a social catalyst for users and different functions.

It creates new types of proximity between living, working, and productive condition involving multiple and different actors: academics, artisans, citizens, tourists…by offering them a flexible and variable program in spaces and timelines.
The project creates two realities: one, completely public and urban and a second one that is an incubator space in which different functions can come into contact with each other. These two realities are translated in: the Plate and the Square.
The project seeks to offer a flexible but characterized space; open air but covered in order to suit in the best way the climatic condition, hot/cold – light/dark, and ready to offer alternatives in every situation.

The Plate and the Square interacts with each other at different levels: visual, physical and programmatic.
Visual_Plate and Square have a direct visual connection to each other – the perimeter of the plate is glazed and offers a privileged view of the square and the surroundings, showing a new point to enjoy the panorama. The glass perimeter of the plate is wrapped in a metal perforated skin with various densities; this skin under the plate creates a moved profile of light cusps that becomes an illuminating «ceiling» of the Covered Square.

Physical_The main public access point between Plate and Square is located in the Fire Tower which becomes a landmark and primary vertical connection. There are, also, direct secondary connections from existing buildings to the plate.
Programmatic_The functional program of the two spaces has different degrees of interaction depending on time and needs. Plate/Square activities are: autonomous, sharing only the services (daily timing); Connected, as in specific events sharing some of the spaces (monthly timing); United, for occasional events that involves both spaces (annual timing).

Møte wants to be a new meeting point for Narvik: encounter of people, spaces and productive activities. It wants to be the place where local institutions, productive activities and people rediscover the common will to live the urban reality of the city, living in the same space.