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The post-industrial area of Hamang in northern Sandvika, the urban centre of Bærum municipality, is about to undergo a fundamental transformation. The E16 highway, currently splitting the area, will be rerouted into a new tunnel, opening up for a new use of this central part of the city. 

The competitors were asked to propose a strategy for the development of a carbon neutral area in one of the most central nodes in the Oslo region. The proposals should present a concept for the program, landscape and built volume that give the site a new identity.

The Sandvika river runs through the site and is a carrier of rich biodiversity. There is a focus on integrating the river into the urban fabric and utilize it in a more active manner and at the same time offer protection to the local ecosystem.

The competition seeked to find a strategy for the use of the waterway, including plans for infrastructure as well as new programs for the river and riverbed.  Climate change imposes restrictions on the flood-prone areas. An important part of the task is to find suitable programs and infrastructure adaptable to various water levels.

Location: Hamang, Sandvika, Bærum Municipality

Population: 116.000

Strategic site: 43 ha

Commission after competition: Zoning plan. Possibilities for a building commission.

Site proposed by: Bærum Municipality

Owners of site: Various private owners

Clients and partners in Bærum: Arthur Wøhni (Director of planning), Kari Stuvøy Hjermann, Gunvor Bjørnsen, Terje Hansen and Pedro Ardila (Bærum Municipality)


Peacefully situated in pastoral surroundings just outside of the city, Dikemark was considered the perfect location for Oslo’s new psychiatric hospital at the turn of the20th century. As its activity related to psychiatric treatment has been phased out over the years, today most of the buildings stand empty and have been listed for protection. Now the entire area needs to be adapted to a new time and filled with new content.

Dikemark is in many ways a unique place within its regional context thanks to its preserved, landmark architecture, its picturesque landscape and its history and identity. Yet, in spite of all its qualities, Dikemark faces a great challenge as its hospital functions will be relocated to Oslo, rendering all buildings empty. How to ensure the development of a new and attractive society at Dikemark? There is a strong wish in the municipality to establish a complete and viable society at Dikemark with jobs, private and public services.

Location: Dikemark, Asker Municipality

Population: 52.238 (Asker), 1.300 (Dikemark)

Strategic site: 1.500 ha

Commission after competition: Zoning plan, possibility for a building commission.

Site proposed by: Asker Municipality, Oslo University Hospital and Oslo Municipality

Owners of site: Oslo Municipality, Oslo University Hospital

Clients and partners in Asker: Tor Arne Midtbø (Director of planning, Asker Municipality), Solveig Foss (Asker Municipality), Isabell Lexow (Eiendoms- og byfornyelsesetaten, Oslo Municipality), Ulrik Gulsrud Neraal (Eiendoms- og byfornyelsesetaten, Oslo Municipality), Ove Ellingsen (Eiendoms- og byfornyelsesetaten, Oslo Municipality), Elin Berggren (Oslo Universitetssykehus HF), Knut Neergard (Oslo Universitetssykehus HF) and Bo Vegard Bording Grøtvedt (Helse Sør-Øst RHF).


Ås is a municipality on the outskirts of the capital region of Oslo, and is now seeing clear signs of a capital with expansive growth that lacks space for both housing and industry, with the result of increased pressure on its surrounding areas. Among the municipalities in the region, the forecasted population growth in Ås is among the highest, with a doubling from approximately 18 000 inhabitants in 2013 to approximately 32 000 inhabitants in 2040.

Ås’s growth in population and the town’s adaptation to this creates two main challenges; on one hand meeting the regional housing demand, and at the same time seeing how this adapts to Ås’ local conditions. Ås is the largest agricultural municipality of Akershus and home to the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. An overarching objective for the competition is to better connect the university life with the urban life of Ås centre.

Location: Ås, Ås Municipality

Population: 18.000

Strategic Site: 1.4 ha

Commission after competition: Building commission and zoning plan

Site proposed by: Ås Municipality

Owners of  the site: Odd Tandberg, Anne Lene Skotterud, Ørjan Eriksen, UMB

Clients and partners in Ås: Greta Løkhaug (Director  of planning, Ås Municipality), Magnus Ohren (Ås Municipality), Liv Søyseth (Ås Municipality), Emilie Bue (Ås Municipality), Ørjan Eriksen (Raveien 9 AS), Carl Fredrik Langseter (Raveien 9 AS), Terje Holsen (UMB), Kristin Kreul (UMB), and Herman Tandberg.