Tjuvholmen Masterplan
The Tjuvholmen development will create a totally new city district within Oslo. Located on the west side of 'Pipervika', the inner harbour of the Oslo fjord just 10 minutes walk from the city centre, Tjuvholmen is the natural extension of Aker Brygge, one of the most successful contemporary redevelopments in Scandinavia. The masterplan competition was won in 2002 with a concept titled 'Utsyn', or literally translated as 'panoramic view'. Taking advantage of the fjord setting, the development is built on land reclaimed either side of the docks and piers of the former container port. New canals flow through the composition, breaking up the site and defining development plots that can look back across the fjord to the city and the historic Akershus fortress. Akerodden, the first island of Tjuvholmen has an area of 2.1 hectares, supporting 83,000m² of development, consisting of a hotel, residential apartments, shops, restaurants, cafes and offices. The site is split by two diagonal vistas that divide the site into four segments, with a building occupying a separate corner of the island and split by the two diagonal vistas. A new five star hotel is proposed for the south-west corner, whilst the mixed use development of F3 occupies the south-east corner, with two further mixed use developments proposed for northern part of the site that faces Aker Brygge. The development has a classic town composition, with public uses such as shops and restaurants on the ground floor, offices on the middle floors, and residential accommodation on the top floors. The four buildings front up to Tjuvholmen alle, the main avenue that runs through the site, and are juxtaposed to create two public plazas. To the fjord side, a smaller plaza is created to form a backdrop in front of the footbridge that connects from the promenade that runs along the waterfront of Aker Brygge. Here the plaza slopes gently into the fjord creating an ideal place for people to come and bathe in the water in summer time. The larger central plaza is sheltered from the elements between the F1S and F3. Here, arcades are created under the buildings providing space for the mixed uses on the ground floor to spill out onto the plaza. The buildings are intentionally lower towards the east in order to take advantage of the natural environment and to allow maximum daylight to penetrate the public spaces. This is illustrated in Tjuvholmen F3. Here the building lies between the canal, the main diagonal vista Tjuvholmen Alle, the second diagonal vista Olav Selvaags Plass, and the Strand promenade. The south facade forms a boundary to the site and defines the canal rooms, whilst the north and east facades provide a backdrop to the strand promenade that extends from Aker Brygge and addresses the Pipervika. Similarly to the hotel the F3 building is raised on columns over two floors, allowing the plaza to flow under the building, providing a view from the square through to the fjord. The main building takes a horse shoe form that encloses a secondary plaza that slides into the water, with a private terrace above for use by the residents of the apartments. The horse shoe form allows more daylight into the apartments, offering a fjord side view back towards Akerhus fortress. Local timber, glass and metal cladding are used in the facades to provide a light appearance that is conducive to the surrounding water and creates a transition between the heavier mass of the stone and brick facades of Aker Brygge and the fjord. "What distinguishing features make a city a good place to live in? Diversity! Developments can be judged on many aspects, but the uppermost importance is the need to meet the requirements of the inhabitants, to provide the opportunity for a blend of diverse uses, and achieve the right balance between the density of the built form, and the openness of public and private spaces. A successful development can become a place of adventure, where you can meet all types of people who have come to explore and experience the range of activities and public facilities that are created. Ultimately people in the city are extras that animate the street life, and it is this life that we seek to attract with this diversity. The combination of smells, sounds, light, colours and materials from bakeries, flower shops, cafes, restaurants, and churches are all active ingredients that provide a chaotic diversity and a playful part of the city that you must visit. Tjuvholmen has these ingredients, but we also have a responsibility that goes far beyond the norm. Here we are not only making a part of the town for local inhabitants, but also for tourists. Therefore it is important that the development will give a new identity to the capital, and should be a desired destination when people come to visit Oslo, and a landmark that the Norwegian public should recognise and feel proud of. The site is totally accessible with numerous routes that the public can walk around, with plazas strategically positioned to encourage people to stop and have a coffee and enjoy the views. To get the opportunity to design another phase on Tjuvholmen has been an exciting challenge. It is seldom that an architect gets a fantastic site such as this to work with. Centrally located on the banks of Pipervika and bisected by the urbane Tjuvholmen alle, Akerodden has to be one of the best sites in Oslo. Each of the four buildings have their own character, however they all have a light open construction that unifies the composition, and form the perfect transition between the city and the fjord".


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