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Site: Asker

Winner: Kaleidoscope

Jury remarks: This proposal gains distinction through a fine reading and understanding of the landscape as a driver, that gives identity and defines the area’s atmosphere and unity, but also enables very different relationships between building and landscape. Based on this approach four zones are defined – Hidden in the Woods , Twin Plaza, Fortress of Heritage and Open to the Water – reflecting different potentials and positions in the landscape and the existence of different building formations and spatial formations. Next to characterizing the existing build landscape these terms also present strategies and guiding principles for how to develop the four zones.

Through this synthesizing reading of the landscape and the appointment of the four zones an operational understanding of the existing built landscape is created, giving a sure and strategic foundation for the development and reinterpretation of the sub-areas.

The northernmost zone – Hidden in the Woods – covers an area with free-standing patient buildings. In this section a development-strategy is proposed, where the new buildings joins tightly around an existing building. This maintains the fundamental relationship between landscape and building: The extended conglomerate of buildings remains a point and a local densification in the landscape, handing over the main role to the forest.

The Fortress of Heritage and Twin Plaza – includes the central part of the existing buildings, with different service buildings organized in a more urban form, with square-like spaces. In this section a development strategy is proposed, providing an extended system of open spaces and passages, creating new connections and relationships to the water. There is hereby established a clear center – as demanded in the program – creating a neighborhood that offers spatial qualities and experiences differing from the small enclaves in the forest. However a greater density in this area must be developed to ensure a center-feeling, based on programmatic and spatial density. The very important relations to the water should also be further processed.

Open by the water is a new town by the sea in the transition to the agricultural landscape in the southernmost part of the competition-area. This new district is composed of semidetached houses and is to the east connected to a kind of experience-landscape, where there will be opportunities to get up close to nature’s processes and products. This southern settlement appears to be less convincing, both in its landscape position and in its structure and architecture.

But despite the weakness in the southern field the Kaleidoscope-project stands forward as a very convincing bid, because it is able to operate at a strategic level and at the same time present very clear structural and architectural principles, that will make the plan very flexible and robust, maintaining and enhancing the unique qualities of the landscape.

The jury is convinced that this methodological approach and clear principles based on an intelligent and enlightened reading of landscape, can ensure a high quality in the transformation of this area, which is expected to occur over a relatively long period.

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Team members:

Miia-Liina Tommila

Emmi Keskisarja

Silje Klepsvik

Tone Megrunn Berge

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Runner up: Ola K Asker

This proposal offers a new conceptual model for Asker, in order to infuse identity and development in the local community. It is indeed a very interesting and distinct project that relies on a specific material, wood, as the identity trigger of the project. This identity-related strategy was considered a strong value, although wood was very far from been a satisfactory choice, since the area does not have actual potentials related to wood industry. It, however, could be easily replaced by other activities. Therefore the general strategy was valued, but not its specifics.

The project stresses the issue of adaptability and sustainability in a very consistent way, but the bottom-up strategy within the project is maybe too slow for what the area needs. A supplementary top-down strategy that allowed for a quick enhancement of the needed growth would have been highly appreciated. The proposed reprogramming of the existing buildings would probably not be enough for the much-needed kickoff action. In general terms, although the overall strategy made sense for some of the jury members, it was agreed that the proposed soft and random occupation protocol was very problematic for a successful implementation.

Finally, the architectural proposal is interesting in a way that is consistent with the bottom-up tactics at the core of the project. In broad terms, it was valued more as a software than a hardware proposal, in a site that nevertheless is in critical need for new structures.

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Team members:

Alba Garcia Gonzalez

Clara Rodriguez Lorenzo

José María Martín Ravelo

Laura Martin Guillén

Natalia Vera Vigaray

Paloma Lara

Patxi Martín Dominguez

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Honorable mention: The Leaf

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Team members:

Fabio Gigone (IT)

Angela Gigliotti (IT)

Ludovico Centis

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