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SIB
Grønneviksøren

Program:

Student flats + commercial

Type:

1 price - competition

Client:

Studentsamskipnaden i Bergen

Location:

Bergen

Size:

727 flats

Period:

2009–2013

Status:

Finished

Project description:

Studentboliger Grønneviksøren

Accommodation for 750 students

Bergen is today home to 27.000 students spread over various academic institutions in the city. As the demand for innovative technologies increases consistently, the number can be expected to keep growing. Planning accommodation complying with the future student’s needs will strengthen their role as active participants in the urban arena. As for today the city offers a wide range of social arenas for them to participate in. Their evaluation and renewal will be necessary to complete future residential strategies.

727 units gathered in a dense structure will offer affordable living in walking distance from the Bergen city center.

"The student houses at Grønneviksoren is an attempt to answer one of our biggest challenges in today's growing cities: How to create good architecture for a great number of people who need homes for a low budget in the city center ?"

The transformation area Grønneviksoren is located in the outskirt of the urban area with about 20 minutes walking distance to the center of Bergen.

The student houses at Grønneviksoren consists of a total of 727 small living units and common functions distributed inside 17 different building groups with varying height up to 8 floors. The project is realized as two separate building blocks. This division into two independent blocks, ensures the overall ambition of clearly open visual and physical connections to the surrounding areas and the city center.

Inside each block the building groups are connected with external galleries adressed towards the open inner courtyards. The external galleries has a width of 3 meters which provide that they can both be used as access walkways for the individual housing units, and common spacious outdoor areas for social encounters and activities. This provides the external galleries the clear role as semi-public zones of interaction between the individual housing units and the public areas. The open inner courtyards are developed as public outdoor spaces with different gardens and playgrounds that contributes to a wide range of activities.

With a total capacity of around 1000 students, the project is expected to have a positive impact on the overall rent levels in Bergen. Flattening the prices in the private marked, and avoiding further uncontrolled increases, as it has done in the past year.

The project is a low cost building based on 704 modules manufactured in a factory and transported by boat to the construction site. Gronneviksoren represents one of the largest modular buildings in Europe.

Facts :

· The project is a forward-looking energy and environmental projects

· CO2 emissions account for less than 50 % compared to traditional construction

· Gronneviksoren Student Housing is a low-energy project - less than 100 kWh / m² / year

· Use of environmentally friendly local heating infrastructure for all heating

· High-tech system for energy efficiency in all housing

· No-cars project

Description of the project

· Living Area: 21.750 m2

· Number of properties: 727 for up to 8 stories

· Number of modules: 704

· Area housing units : 16.5 to 60 m2 inside different housing typologies

(single, shared, collectives, families)

Production

· High-tech indoor production of complete housing units

· The modules is produced by robots in one of Europe’s most moderns factories (in Norway

· All technical installations are factory installed