Divided in two parts, the feasibility study first focused on targeted conversation with the local public, helping inhabitants to identify their needs and wishes – most ideas expressed in meeting related to street life and densification (buildings and services) possibilities. The second part consists of the production of guidelines for the municipality. Texts, diagrams and illustrations give shape to a desirable growth for Hjelle: one that reinforces exiting qualities and introduces new ones.
The remains of an ancient settlement and graves from the Viking era show that Hjelle held a relative central position in earlier times. With a round “tun” consisting of three farms, its centre includes beautiful, older buildings constituting a clearly readable historical built environment. All volumes have good contact with both road and lake, and despite their dense urban distribution, sight lines to the water are visible between all of them. These are qualities that our proposal aims at strengthening.
We propose to use three big, centrally located barns as new housing buildings. They provide a floor area of interest, ranging between 200 to 300 m2 each, while their façades present a charming traditional style: the project suggests a discreet series of interventions that would stay true to the original exterior design. Moreover, in conjunction with regulatory plans and other processes, our proposal includes the creation and acquisition of four new plots that can be occupied without interfering with the village’s established structures.