Christian Krohgs Gate 2

Oslo/ Norway

Size/ 25.000-26.000 m²
Competition/ 2016, 1st prize, invited competition
Status/ In regulation process
Client/ Oslo Areal
Local Collaboration Architects/ SJ Arkitekter
Visuals/ Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects/SJ Arkitekter

Christian Krohgs Gate 2 is a 26,000 m² office building and retail space in Central Oslo that will create a vital urban environment with active street life. The project will provide this part of the city a distinctive architecture and clear identity, contributing to the upgrade of downtown Oslo. The building has high environmental ambitions, Energy Class A and Breeam Excellent, and an environmental focus strengthened by the fact that 90 percent of the transport must take place by electric bike, bike or walk.

The historic urban environment surrounding Christian Krohgs Gate 2 sits along Akerselva River. The area has been redeveloped and rebuilt several times between 1899-1960.

The entire building volume has a modern expression with features of double-glazed windows in the facade and on the roof.

The building adapts to its surroundings. The facade has been given a triple expression by the cantilevered middle element towards the street and the river, where the impression is recognized from the classic town-houses.

Akerselva River will raise and open to a greater extent for the benefit of both residents and visitors. The river's value as a recreation area will be enhanced by a new walkway along the western river bank. It will also provide access to commercial and other public-oriented activities in Christian Krohgs Gate 2.

The goal of the new building is to help lift the surrounding area from a worn backyard to an important urban environment with active street life and open facades.

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