NSW has launched the plan for new housing in the city centre of Svolvær in the north of Norway. The project shows a five storey building with a recessed sixth floor. The city plan only opens for a four storey building here. The site is at the intersection of the city centre boundary and an existing housing area on one side and the sixth storey Royal Hotel building on the other. It can therefore be argued that a sixth storey building in this location will help to define the city centre. By introducing more housing, it will also contribute to more life in the city centre, both day and night.
The housing proposal has just been submitted to the local planning authority and it will be interesting to see whether the municipality will support this planning initiative.
The newspaper Lofotposten gave the plan a full page coverage last Friday.