Økern is rapidly transforming from an urban wasteland into a regional hub of high-end transport links, local centers, and modern housing developments. Emerging neighborhoods demand a re-definition of public spaces and the built vernacular. Our winning proposal for Lørenfaret 3 calls for removing two adjacent buildings and adding a 50,000 square meter extension along the site’s perimeter.
The new building takes the shape of a forest with pathways connecting the urban zone to the east and suburbia to the west. The stems grow out of a lightweight base, branching out to hold the structure. The “leaves” cladding the façade are faceted to catch the light and create movement.
The building’s striking shape confers a strong identity within the vast surrounding urban landscape, while its atriums and architectonic detailing lend the building a more humane scale.
In order to maximize public availability, the building is cantilevered to allow the neighborhood park to flow through the site. The park and surrounding infrastructure are lined with public functions such as dining, markets, and leisure opportunities, aiming to generate life and activity at all hours.
Økern Portal has an ambitious environmental profile, including re-establishing biodiversity through extensive green roofs and local cultivation. Energy consumption, waste, pollution and material sourcing are carefully audited to ensure a sustainable build and extended life cycle. The project is aimed for a BREEAM-excellent rating.