In the winning project of the new Deichman library, the site was divided into two parts, A8 (Deichman library) and A9 (commercial areas).
A9 was reserved for commercial utilization such as housing, offices and shopping.
A pedestrian street cuts diagonally through the site A9 and creates two smaller sites that measure 2500m2 and 1800 m2. The diagonal street establishes a physical spatial sequence, as well as a visual connection, between the front of the opera and the sea from the north- east. The two sites are proposed developed with student housing (west) and offi ces (east). Restaurant and shops will occupy both sites at street level. Location as well as excellent light and view conditions make the site suitable and attractive for housing development.
Student housing is seen as a positive contribution specifically to counteract the commercial dominance of the area, and help make it a vibrant active part of town day and night. It is prioritized diagonal views between inside building levels and outside streetscape.
In collaboration with Atelier Oslo
Image courtesy of Hav Eiendom