Diploma Høst 2019

Housing by the Train Tracks

Rebecca Cheetham Laland

In the end of Schweigaards gate in Oslo, there is a long and narrow site right next to the train tracks. The apartment building sits on a terrace looking over the trains and towards Ekebergåsen. Like the tracks, the building forms a gentle curve. A space is left where the residents and neighbourhood can enjoy the terrace and view to the south. The terrace and apartments are reached from tall passages, leading in from the street. The key qualities to the apartments are those given by courtyards and loggias that punctuate the building. Those are the elements that organize the plans, unites or divides the rooms surrounding it and provides the dwelling with light, intimacy, a connection with the shifting seasons, as well as becoming a second filter towards the street and the trains passing by.