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.
Lørenskog, central square in Norway by Østengen & Bergo AS
November 23rd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Østengen & Bergo AS
The project includes the detailed design and construction of a central square in connection with the forming of a new center in Lørenskog, a suburb to Oslo. L2Architects have designed the building that surrounds an enclosed urban space. The surrounding building houses cinema, performance halls and entertainment venues.The central square is designed as a comfortable and pleasant gathering place for the local residents. The square accommodates seating,fountains, planting sand is beautifully lit at night.
The square,as well as the building,are designed to be universally accessible, following the principles for universal design. The principles are included in the overall space design as distinct,formal design elements. Detectable warning paver, tactile pavers and accessible routes are integrated as circular arches in the surface texture of the flooring. Detailing of the steps emphasize the curved lines that unfold in the space. Water elements form curved arches that are displayed in the design.
Materials and vegetation
The materials and colors used in the space design are carefully tuned and adapted to the site. The main material for the flooring in the square is light grey granite, with parts of dark stone.A maple tree (Acer tataricums spginnala) is placed in a specially designed metal urn. The urn is disc shaped, about 5min diameter,set in a warm,earthy red tone. Ground cover planting fills the urn.
A fountain of 18 waterjets springsup directly out ofthe flooring.During the summer seasonthe water feature will givethe spaceafreshand playfulatmosphere withitsconstantly changing water and soft sound.
Stairs along the long glass facade creates a connection between inside of the building and the square itself. As well as freestanding chairs and benches,will the stairs along the building serve as seating. This gives the square an altogether wide variety of informal seating options.Green walls are formed with climbing plant son trellises placed on the facade.
The square is widely used in the evenings and lighting is an important feature in the design at night. LED-lights are in layed insteps and contribute to define the curved lines of the square.The facade of the building and the maple tree are lit up in with lighting in warm tones.
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