These are times which demands the courage for a change in the way we conceptualize everyday life in our homes, yards and streets: BKK has positioned itself as an actor ready to take on the challenge, and we support this vision for a sustainable future with our mountain village. In place of semi-privatized dead end, the Montana site becomes a key site where services and inhabitants are present in critical numbers, with an architecture that yet respects the surrounding, existing urban fabric. As we get rid of dividing property lines, the æsthetic of the enebolig is turned on its head and provides the opportunity for green and welcoming in-between plazas and gardens. We bring the qualities of an historical Nordnes-like city unto a virgin surface, with the renovated BKK building as a strong centre. Supporting programs like the BKK Foundation, the kindergarten, the open-air cinema, the cooperative or the café act as attractors of a larger public into the civic heart of the mountain village, making our built project a generous and inclusive one. Parts of the traffo trusses are preserved as slender traces of the site’s history and of its connections to energy – they also serve as reminders of our consumption attitudes, which we believe our project can re-orient in a desirable way. A green parcelhage covers the top of the underground traffo, optimizing the available space in a user-friendly way.
Montana is envisioned as the site of a new multi-modal transport infrastructure, all powered by electricity, where users from the scale of the city, the neighbourhood and the immediate nearby pedestrians and cyclists can be serviced. Proper sheltered stations and parking are provided for, making sustainable transportation the easiest choice for users, moreover, a good connection to the Haukeland Bybanen stop encourages people to let go of their car to reach other parts of the city. In that sense, the BKK area is no longer a dead end, but the most important nod in a new, strong mobility loop. It develops as a new model for responsible movement up, down and across Landås.