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.
Competition Entry for Bispevika Development in Norway by PUSHAK
November 29th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: PUSHAK
Rich nature meets rich urbanity of Oslo’s new social hub.
When this new harbour area is fully developed the opening to the fjord will appear relatively narrow. PUSHAK proposes a new road north-south that turns and opens to the fjord. Three courts open towards – and frame – the view to the islands. The three water basins serve as a physical separation between the busy public spaces outside the courts, and the courtyard which only belongs to the residences. At the same time a tension is maintained between public and private: a glimpse into the lush dwelling yard, a look out on the city’s pulse. A number of pavilions add to the filtering between public and private, as well as creating a sunny wall to sit against for enjoying a cold drink on summer days.
Wood is proposed for the balconies and facades inside the courts. Almost all of the units have sunny balconies or terraces with views to the fjord. The courtyard is a terraced wooden landscape up to the 1st floor, here it is sunny playgrounds. On the top roof there will be common rooftop terraces.
The vegetation on the islands in the Oslo fjord is of the most species-rich in Norway, with many endangered species. The ecosystem of these islands is introduced into the courts, and contributes in this way to biodiversity on a former brown-field site. A rich flora and fauna can be experienced on one of the most urban addresses in Norway.
A geometric method for maximizing sun is used as a basis for modeling the height of the courts. Passive design measures are emphasized to achieve low energy use: The buildings are compact to minimize heat loss. Maximizing sun provides passive solar heating. The courts shield against cold winter winds. They open for natural ventilation in summer. In order to meet the hot water, heating and cooling needs, a combination of solar energy, seawater-based heat pumps and sustainable district water heating is proposed.
The zoning requires10% seawater in the sites, this by can be seen as a challenge: the water has no inflow and the water quality is relatively poor. PUSHAK suggests three floating pools. With closed or partially closed basins one can gain control of water quality and circulation. The basins are proposed for oyster farming, lobster farming and seaweed farming – supplying the restaurants around.