Haugerud Housing Complex. Oslo, Norway
Linked to a metro line, Haugerud is a downgraded suburban area in Oslo with several big, unstructured residential blocks, which were built in the 1970s, and which are surrounded by open areas without any urban character. The flexible and iconic proposal for this low-income development consists of a succession of building-rings encompassing a big garden that links the metro to a nearby forest. Each ring has its own character with strong emphasis on landscaping.
This strategy creates a fresh identity for the neighborhood, providing a sense of belonging by renewing the residual spaces between blocks and by forging new relationships between the preexisting monotonous elements. The total project consists of 31,000 sq. ft. of residential space, 40,000 sq. ft. of space for commercial use, 30,000 sq. ft. for educational use, and 7,000 sq.ft. of infrastructure.