Following an overall analysis of the masterplan proposed for the Nyhavna area we detected an unbalanced distribution of dwellings and offices in the northern and southern areas. Such a zoning - although explainable by the will of placing offices closer to the city centre and dwellings in proximity to the water - would create an undesirable lack of mixity fostering an alternation of activities on daily and weekly base. Hence our proposal aims to counter this programmatic zoning balancing the quantities of offices and dwellings in the northern and southern areas, generating an increase of mixity.
According to recent studies and our own evaluations, Nyhavna has the capacity of accommodating 10.000 inhabitants and the same amount of jobs. Complying to this maximum capacity - while Norwegian population keeps on growing - follows the duty of exploiting the inner vacant spaces of the city, contrasting the perpetuation of non-anthropized-soil consumption towards the outside.
Given this considerations, Strandveikaia accounts for approximately 10% of the whole Nyhavna. It means that the project site will accommodate a thousand dwellers and a thousand workers.
The accommodation of these beneficial quantities, together with both the need for a qualitative open space and the respectful consideration of the cluster of heritage buildings present on site, engendered a configuration whereby the buildable area is concentrated along the edge of the site, defining a generous and continuous open space within it.
The development of Strandveikaia adapts to the growth of the whole Nyhavna, constituting a centrality acting on different levels according to the phase in which it performs. One of the main features of the proposed scheme is that, while the built volume increases, the quantity of open space is kept constant and its quality preserved.
PHASE I – Establishing the settlement
Several operations are enacted in this first phase, all of them contributing to the (re)definition of the identity of the settlement.
PHASE II – Consolidating a centrality
In phase two, along with the progressive densification of the residential area of Nyhavna, dwellings for different kinds of users (families, elderly, couples, singles etc.) and offices will be constructed upon the rim.
PHASE III – Maximum density
By 2050 Trondheim will increase of 70’000 inhabitants and Nyhavna and Strandveikaia will be saturated. However the amount of open space in the latter will remain the same. The thickness of the rim will contin- ue constituting the base for the development of a variety of dwelling and office types. For what concerns this development, the project limits to the proposal of a plot subdivision, a maximum volume and indica- tions concerning the positioning of offices and dwellings.
The project consists of a colonnade – serving as a platform for gradual development above – that frames the heritage buildings and a new urban forest. This configuration constitutes a unique and poetic gesture in a “hard part” of the city, raising questions about the degree to which Strandveikaia can be, and needs to be, something entirely different from existing development in the city of Trondheim.
The jury was intrigued by the project and the fact that it adds a different landscape and identity and at the same time encloses and secures a large open space for the whole city. By isolating the heritage buildings in an urban forest they are given remarkable importance and an opening in the frame also allows for a sophisticated inclusion of the beer centre. The introduction of programs such as a mediatheque, an art centre, a kindergarten portrayed as a castle, and the chocolate factory adds to the mysterious and special atmosphere of the project. The refurbishment and add-ons to the WW2 buildings are allowing for the current cultural actors to stay, undermined by a low-cost simple unifying climatic strategy. The jury finds the strategy appealing and the ideas rich, but is critical to the qualities of the final scale of the development and the housing units including the functions on the ground floor in the colonnade. The project is poetically presented.
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