Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
‘Proscenium’ Trondheim in Trondheim, Norway by Point Supreme Architects, Alexandros Gerousis and Beth Hughes
April 28th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
In 2010 Point Supreme Architects, Alexandros Gerousis and Beth Hughes won the Europan 10 Competition for Trondheim Norway. The second phase of the concept design has just been completed and preparations for the next phases have already started. This will be the second Europan project to be realised in Trondheim.
Shortly after winning the project there were workshops with the community of the area, Svartlmoen , in order to understand their real demands. The workshops also included local experts in new construction and sustainable technologies to help inform the evolution of the project. The synthesis of these workshops formed the brief for the latest work.
Recently this scheme was identified as a ‘pilot project’ as part of the Norwegian government’s ‘Cities of the Future’ program – currently one of only 6 in Norway and the second in Trondheim. The project is to be an exemplar of environmentally sustainable design strategies combined with innovative architecture – reflecting the ambitions and principles of Svartlamoen which has also been regulated as an eco-urban testing ground.
Description of the proposal:
Whilst this phase advanced the project further the scheme maintained all of the principles of the competition entry. Central to the project is the optimal organization of the program in response to the restrictions imposed by the long, narrow geometry of the site. Residential apartments enclose a semi-open public courtyard that is accessed from the public ramp that traverses the site.
The deliberate positioning of public uses at the centre of the site transgresses the typical model of mixed use buildings (cultural and commercial uses at ground floor connected to the street with housing above) and embeds it in the heart of the project, forcing direct connection and relationship to all the residences of the development. The strong contrast of the rather closed and brute outer façades, with the wooden and open inner façade, together with the art, turns the courtyard into a surprising discovery at the core of the site.
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