Haptic and NORDIC bag Norway contest jackpot
A team made up of London and Oslo-based practices has won the competition to design a new urban centre and a public square in Straume on the west coast of Norway, near Bergen
Haptic Architects and NORDIC - Office of Architecture, working with British engineering stars AKTII and landscape architects Gross.Max, saw off an impressive shortlist including Schmidt Hammer Lassen and CF Møller with JAJA Architects.
Buro Happold is also part of the Haptic team and will be providing mechanical and electrical engineering, building physics and sustainability consultancy.
The scheme for Sartor Holding includes a 13-storey tower, the revamp of three urban blocks and a public square ‘to cater for a variety of events’.
The first phase will be completed by November 2014.
The architect’s view
The building forms are designed to maximise sunlight penetration into the square and residential courtyards, whilst eliminating problematic wind conditions. The architecture employs a simple palette of materials, taking inspiration from the stunning natural surroundings, its surface qualities and typology.
The stone tower accommodates office and library space. The two urban blocks to the southern side of the square comprise hotel and residential space, above retail. The uses however, can move around freely, subject to design development and client / operator decisions.