Europan 10 Trondheim, Norway

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Europan 10 Trondheim

Architecture Concept in Norway – design by Point Supreme Architects with Alexandros Gerousis

26 Apr 2011

Trondheim Europan Phase 2

‘Proscenium’ Trondheim

Design: Point Supreme Architects, Alexandros Gerousis, Beth Hughes

In 2010 Point Supreme Architects, Alexandros Gerousis and Beth Hughes won the Europan 10 Competition for Trondheim Norway. The second phase of the concept design has just been completed and preparations for the next phases have already started. This will be the second Europan project to be realised in Trondheim.

Europan 10 Trondheim – design:
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Shortly after winning the Europan 10 Trondheim project there were workshops with the community of the area, Svartlmoen, in order to understand their real demands. The workshops also included local experts in new construction and sustainable technologies to help inform the evolution of the project. The synthesis of these workshops formed the brief for the latest work.

Recently this scheme was identified as a ‘pilot project’ as part of the Norwegian government’s ‘Cities of the Future’ program – currently one of only 6 in Norway and the second in Trondheim. The project is to be an exemplar of environmentally sustainable design strategies combined with innovative architecture – reflecting the ambitions and principles of Svartlamoen which has also been regulated as an eco-urban testing ground.

Project Description

Europan 10 Trondheim – design:
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Whilst this phase advanced the project further the scheme maintained all of the principles of the competition entry. Central to the project is the optimal organization of the program in response to the restrictions imposed by the long, narrow geometry of the site. Residential apartments enclose a semi-open public courtyard that is accessed from the public ramp that traverses the site. The deliberate positioning of public uses at the centre of the site transgresses the typical model of mixed use buildings (cultural and commercial uses at ground floor connected to the street with housing above) and embeds it in the heart of the project, forcing direct connection and relationship to all the residences of the development. The strong contrast of the rather closed and brute outer façades, with the wooden and open inner façade, together with the art, turns the courtyard into a surprising discovery at the core of the site.

Europan 10 Trondheim – Building Information

Status: commission by Trondheim municipality
Program: housing
Area: 2817 sqm
Location: Trondheim, Norway
Team: Point Supreme Architects, Alexandros Gerousis and Beth Hughes
Year: 2011

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Europan 10 Trondheim, images / information from Point Supreme Architects

20 Jan 2010

Europan Trondheim

Point Supreme Architects with Alexandros Gerousis win EUROPAN Trondheim

Point Supreme Architects with Alexandros Gerousis

The Masterplan suggests a series of carefully placed interventions that act as appendages to the former submarine bunker ‘Dora 1’: a drive-in cinema and open air multi-function space on the roof, a sunken plaza passing under the railway and forming the main entrance , administration and drop off building creating a second entrance, a spiral amphitheatre that doubles as market and gathering space, and extended into the harbour, a rectangular pool that doubles as an ice skating rink in the winter.

These appendages define and shape the space around Dora1 and strategically expand its influence on the immediate context. To meet growing demands for housing, office space and parking, the Masterplan identifies three further sites around Dora 1 that are prime for intensified development.

Europan 10 Trondheim – proposal:
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Central to the project’s conception is the optimal organization of the program in response to the tacit restrictions imposed by the long, narrow geometry of the site. Filling the site solid with development, the residential uses naturally gravitate to the boundary in search of light and the public uses consolidate at the centre of the site.

This public core is realized as void space. This void space is a generous semi-open, public courtyard, accessed from the public passageway and is conceived as a space to for regularly hosting events, exhibitions and performances. It is intensely programmed and activated acting as a theatrical set for visual art and performances, exposing art and culture to the residents and the public.

The deliberate positioning of public uses and space at the centre of the site transgresses the typical model of mixed use buildings (cultural and commercial uses at ground floor connected to the street with housing above) and embeds it in the heart of the project, forcing direct connection and relationship to all the residences of the development.

The building respects the scale and height of the surrounding context. The three meter level change across the site is capitalized upon by a generous ramp that acts as a pedestrian and bicycle connection passageway. The apartments incorporate a variety of types with flexible arrangements and partitioning to allow for different configurations.

The courtyard allows for dual orientation. Roof terraces, the public courtyard and garden area ensure that all apartments have close access to open space. The exterior of the building has a strict, sober expression whilst the permeable façade of the courtyard reveals the building interior which together with the art, confronts the passerby with an ever-changing surprise.

Europan 10 Trondheim – Building Information

Project: Proscenium , Europan 10 competition
Location: Trondheim, Norway
Status: 1st prize
Program: urban plan and housing building
Area: Masterplan 8.5 ha, building 1838 sqm
Architect : Point Supreme Architects with Alexandros Gerousis
Team: Marianna Rentzou, Beth Hughes, Konstantinos Pantazis, Alexandros Gerousis
Year: 2009

Europan 10 Trondheim images by Point Supreme Architects and Alexandros Gerousis

Europan Trondheim, Norway images / information from Point Supreme Architects


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