The two slim, curved buildings contain 77 family apartments at single rows, enabling light and view at both sides. A common continuous balcony at each floor, constitute a social arena, as well as an outdoor space for the residents to relax in the evening sun.
The architecture reflects a clear contrast to the existing built mass, with bodies relating to the situation in a dynamic and active manner.
The Fantoft area is a part of the municipality of Bergen. It is situated 15 minutes south of the city core, and has typical Norwegian suburb traits with mainly single-unit dwellings with private gardens, mixed with large residential blocks of flats.
Today the ”Student City” at Fantoft, consists of five large residential blocks, built in typical sixties and seventies style. With 1344 units in all, including Bergens highest building, the area makes quite an impact at a local scale. The housing units are mainly ‘singles’, including only two family units.
The development plan displays a condensation proposal where new buildings are to be established at areas unsuitable for outdoor and recreational activity. It also stresses the importance of adding an urban quality by giving an emphasized central area in connection with the City Tram stop. A green area and adjacent park south in the plan range, maintain the connection to the surrounding neighborhood.
SIB’s expansion with four new buildings are to hold a mix of family, community and single units, holding 660 new units.
In the middle of 2008 3RW Architects finished their work with the ”Student City” regulation plan. Later in 2008 they started their work with two of SIB’s buildings at Fantoft, one up close to the City Tram Stop, and one on top of the City Tram tunnel.