The new Norwegian Government Centre in Oslo has been envisaged as an extension of the existing government quarters, encompassing a number of quality buildings from different periods.
The challenge has been to add large new building volumes to existing ones. At the same time providing a more open, green and welcoming environment for politicians, government employees, visitors and the public at large. How could this be done without cramming new buildings into the open space or competing with existing structures of great architectural merit?
The multi disciplinary team of R25 has responded with a holistic green approach, creating a new Government City Park. The team focused on creating a green carpet, linking new and old buildings. The only new building in the park (Block A) has also been carefully integrated in the landscape. The low level, but undulating landscape approach, also pays respect to the old Trinity Church and the Deichmann Library, providing uninterrupted vistas across the park.
The R25 architect team:
Dyrvik Arkitekter, L2 Arkitekter, Narud Stokke Wiig (NSW) Arkitekter and landscape architecture firms Østengen & Bergo and Landskapsfabrikken.