Hyde + Hyde Architects has been shortlisted in a high-profile competition for a hillside housing development on the Faroe Islands
The Swansea-based outfit is competing against Portugal’s MassLab, White Architects of Gothenburg and Madrid’s Cuartoymitad Architecture & Landscape in the race for the 45,000m² site in Blikagøta.
The project was one of six competition sites announced as part of the Nordic Built Cities Challenge (NBBC) in October.
Hyde + Hyde is the only UK architect practice among the 23 multidisciplinary teams which were shortlisted from more than 140 submissions to the programme.
- White architects
- Cuartoymitad Architecture & Landscape
- Hyde architects
According to Hyde + Hyde, its ’hygge’ design [meaning cosiness in Danish] was a ’region specific model of sustainability, based on the progressive and sustainable living concepts’ which could be ’adopted for future low carbon developments within the archipelago’.
A spokesman said: ‘The aim is for the homes to push the limits of sustainable performance by incorporating passive strategies along with the latest technological solutions without compromising the poetic narrative of connecting the buildings to context, place, culture and time.
‘A key factor in the visual appearance of the homes is the implementation of a strategy to allow the mountain wind to circulate underneath each dwelling and to power the homes. The additional air circulation provided reduces wind pressure on the façades and encourages the natural drying of fish and skerpikjøt - a well-aged, wind-dried mutton.
‘This lower level under-croft provides many opportunities for living in harmony with nature. In addition, the under-croft area also provides possible shelter for small domesticated animals such as hens, ducks or mountain goats, again part of an integrated urban farming strategy to live simply and close to nature.’
Other NBBC contests included a green transport hub at Trygve Lies square in Oslo and a residential-led, 22-hectare regeneration in Espoo, Finland.
New affordable housing around Sege Park in Malmö, Sweden; climatically adaptive solutions for Copenhagen’s northwestern Nørrebro; and an upgrade of Iceland’s 15,000m² Karsnes Harbour also featured in the programme.
NBCC is part of the Danish government’s Nordic Built Cities initiative. Adam Khan Architects won a contest for a £20 million overhaul of a 50-year-old social housing complex in Copenhagen two years ago in an earlier tranche of the programme.
Shortlisted teams will receive around £24,000 each and the winners from the six individual contest – set to be revealed on 17 June – will be invited compete for NBCC’s overall £100,000 prize fund.