The jury granted the first prize to the proposal Proscenium for their negotiation with the challenges at hand: the long narrow site, the large amount of restrictions dictated by the surrounding housing blocks, the urban connections and the extension of the cultural programme. Their simple combination of a long public ramp and the inner courtyard is, in the jury’s opinion, the right approach for this site. The ramp provides access for pedestrians and cyclists, while the courtyard ends in an “urban balcony” with a view of Dora I and the surrounding harbour area.
With spatial understanding, the project negotiates carefully the demands for programmatic density, public permeability and natural light for the private homes on the narrow site. It concludes with a solid proposal that offers sculptural and spatial qualities.
Connecting the existing multipurpose space to the new public programme on the ground floor is a good approach, however, the jury finds the spatial connection to the programme situated on the first floor (including the courtyard), to be lacking. The outer façade and the layout of the apartments should be further developed to improve the quality of the project.
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From Trondheim, with love…
Jury remarks: The competitor extended the competition site for the building proposal at Strandveien 27 to the adjacent site in the northeast. Instead of only providing additional facilities for the black-box theatre on the plot, as requested by the brief, they chose to replace the theatre altogether with a new building of a much larger volume. The proposed arts centre includes a theatre, outdoor cinema, exhibition space, bar and apartments. The jury appreciates the bold architectural statement of the arts centre and sees much potential in the proposed square as a new public space in which to integrate various public programmes.