THE SLIM TWIN
The relationship to the existing listed toll building has formulated two ambitions for a new office building on the narrow site.
• To create a new unity between old and new without “strangling” the listed building.
• To express “invisibility” - evasiveness, reflection and transparency of the new volume.
A new mutual relationship between the two buildings in a combination of freedom and respect – the open and connected - we have created newness for both.
This solution of an ”open city block” creates unity and intimacy with clear identity for each element. The open court and elevated garden also secures a functional connection at ground level - as well as light, air and views from the offices.
The slimness of the new volume gives an efficient gross / net factor. The bonus is moved outside; the intimate elevated garden and a spectacular roof terrace with panoramic views over the city and fjord.
The new garden is generously exposed towards the urban plaza and the landing of the new pedestrian bridge to the seafront.
The slender, monolithic shape recognizes the connection to the toll building – and simultaneously makes it distinct from the massive late modernist office development in the area.
The simple slim profile is strongly recognizable as an expressive icon in an existing skyline of monotony.
A distinct contribution to the new skyline - at the same time evasive in its presence from street level.
Title: Slim Twin Client: Entra Eiendom /Location: Oslo, Norway /Site: Narrow plot sandwiched between historical building and existing train station /Area: 12.000m2 /Program: office and commercial building, urban square with pedestrian connection to the Oslo Central station thoroughfare and the new Bjørvika plan /Status: Invited competition 2006 /Design: Space Group /Team: Gary Bates, Gro Bonesmo, Adam Kurdahl with Grant Cooper, Tim Prins, Nathan Smith /Engineering: Norconsult /Visualizations: MIR AS