The project is to design a mix use building of medium scale in the centre of Oslo, of apartments, with another use on the ground or mezzanine floor (shop/café/restaurant) and the possibly for city offices. The site in Oslo is special, in one of 3 older densely developed central parts of the city, in the districts of high value, where new buildings are quite unusual. The sites are also in prominent positions, for example a corner on a junction or roundabout, or facing a park or small square. In other words, places in which students would never expect to be able to intervene. The new buildings are replacing existing buildings of lesser value than the neighbors, with some justification for replacement. Students should choose to work within one particular quarter, and have a choice of sites, so their projects collectively would be a comment on possible changes to the quarter. The sites in one quarter are in some way in dialogue and within view of each other. This would probably create some interesting spatial consequences at the end of the project. The new buildings should be a bit larger or taller than the existing buildings around it. The project is not about being polite or too contextual. It’s about confidence and quality, giving a charge to the place, while still respecting its existing character and quality. The sites are not too large, for example they allow between 1 and 4 decent sized apartments per floor, so that the proportion of the building is vertical and figural. But not think about towers because then the façade is a different thing altogether. The shaping of the top floor is important. The main product of the work is a large coloured model at scale 1:50, plus the design of one special apartment ( not a utilitarian one), and the detailed design of one façade. The project is not about solving all problems or drawing every plan level of the building. The students should work on the project in stages, first on the form of the building on the site, (volumetric studies), then the character of one apartment (or one floor) and the implications of its organization the façade, and finally resolve the whole with a detailed model. The project is about how the character of a city is made by the quality of its buildings, especially the facades within a dense city streets. How facades in the city give a charge to the space in front of them and make public (metropolitan) space. And how an interesting city façade is designed with priorities both from the outside and the inside. 


We are thinking of Brussels and Paris 1900-1920, Milan 1920-1960, Hamburg 1930, and Zurich now, of Muzio, Höger, Gaudi, Lasdun, Siza in Berlin, a very wide mix of contemporary and historical metropolitan architecture. 


The model is very important, because the project is not to be a block. It’s a figure with a profile and a form, seen from a number of different directions, like a statue with a front, back and side profile. The students should choose one among three Oslo quarters with very different urban character: The area around Solli Plass is a cozy residential district with quite special commercial activities. The area around Storgata is more dynamic and changing. The area at the edge of Kvadraturen represents the face of the city toward the harbor. All three, each in its own way, describe the edge of the inner city. The first day of the studio, you should choose a case study and a quarter of the city you would like to work in. The three groups of students should somehow be equally divided between three groups of sites. Each of the groups should be responsible to make a simple, nice, and bit abstract wooden model in 1:500, to show the character of the existing buildings and their volumes. These three models will make basis to develop volumetric studies of your architecture.






Neven Mikac Fuchs

Peter St John

Young Eun Choi

Chris Engh






Helene Aamlid
Beatrice Mayim Isabel Felix Andres
Erik Sebastian Bird

Loris Clara
Irene García Santiago
Oreste Gustave Kamanzi
Alexia Kondyliou
Marte Tafjord Langeggen
Joel Matsson
Stian Opsal
Claudia Pagnacco
Giacomo Pelizzari
Salvador Saraiva Lobo
Sofie Molnes Søvik
Nhan Van Nguyen
Lorenzo Visentini
Victor Vrints
Agnete Winsnes Astrup