MVRDV - Oslo le Grand

Oslo le Grand

For a long time, Oslo has been a hidden gem to the world. It has developed into a large village one might say: residents experience a high quality of life in pleasant, gentrified neighborhoods of pretty buildings, surrounded by dramatic fjord landscapes. The challenge is how to build on these virtues without burying them. MVRDV developed a densification strategy: Can Oslo become Oslo le Grand for 2050?

By calculating travel times from and to Oslo’s Central Station we are able to give an overview of the accessibility and efficiency of all nodes and to select the ones with the most potential for development. So, what if we just divide the needed program for the development of the city until 2030 following this accessibility data– what would this ‘Fast and accessible Oslo’ look like? It would create an equal level of densification throughout city, with each node being intensified with the development of 2,155 houses (151,100m2) and 124,500m2 of other program.

By developing accessibility to nature at these nodes, a collection of strong, recognizable addresses is given to the city’s transport network. A densified node at the shoreline, the forest, the lake, the hill, the ski-jump. In addition to this, by carefully selecting further qualities we are able to mark where public transport should be intensified and where new connections should be made to an island, a valley, a view-point, etc. A series of nodes have been detailed to illustrate how existing qualities can be used and how they can be developed. Ultimately, all 100 nodes could be developed following this method, leading to an endless series of possible projects at the points where existing public transport touches the unique qualities of Oslo and transport efficiency create opportunities for the realization of absolute unique living qualities. Carefully upgrading the existing situation, the projects combine the quality of living at qualitative locations, with the accessibility of living in the city, outlining a vision for Oslo’s future developments.

Empty, transformable and underused spots within the most accessible areas around the transport nodes (based on a walking radius of 500 and 1000 meters), were identified. They have been used to develop a series of specific environments, each answering to its specific contextual situation. Each of them contributes in its own way to Oslo Le Grand. Each of them is specialized based on its location and its role in the city.

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