Tjuvholmen Icon Complex

The Tjuvholmen development is a centre dedicated to art and culture. It is located southwest of the centre of Oslo on the site of a disused harbor. The project is based on the integration of art, culture, leisure and tertiary related functions by which it aims to create a new portion of urban fabric, while at the same time re-establishing a relationship between the sea and the town.

The complex is composed of 3 different buildings, an art museum, an office building and a culture centre. The project also includes bridges over the new canals that will be obtained through the reclamation of land to the fjord. Here, a sculpture park will gently slope towards the sea offering to visitors a new space for enjoying nature.

The entire project is developed along the axis of a new promenade that starts at Aker Brygge and ends on the sea at a floating dock. This promenade divides the built part from the natural part of the project, while at the same time it offers a constant visual contact with the sea.

The buildings are disposed along the banks of a new canal and are joined together by a wide bridge. In this point, a tall mast-like construction gives access to the complex different functions, thus becoming the focal point of the project and a new landmark for the city. From here, a wide stair leads up to a place where restaurants, café and other public functions will find place.

The three buildings are covered by a curved roof that slopes down to touch the park level. Its edges extend outwards to reinforce lightness and at the same time to give protection from v,ind. The roof strongly identifies the project and gives a visual unity throughout the scheme.

The proposed materials for the new buildings are few in order to emphasize the unity of the complex and they are subdued to emphasize the roof as the most important architectural element. The use of v,00d as a material for structural elements, but also for the bridges, the exterior paving and in the interiors, follows Scandinavian tradition.

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