The City of Arendal in southern Norway shortlisted three firms of architects to come up with design solutions for the best site in town. The site is a plateau ‘topping the town’ that used to house the seamen’s school and high school. NSWs proposal comprises a good mix of uses – housing and offices, health and welfare as well as cultural facilities. The resulting new citadel will be integrated in the urban fabric but with its own character.
Just below this elevated site lies the Marketplace that could benefit from more life and activities. The city library is being accessed from the Marketplace, with a multistory car park beyond. The library and car park roofs almost ask to be topped by a pavilion – Gründerterrassen – a terrace pavilion for young entrepreneurs signaling inventive activities and future industries in Arendal.
The Marketplace, the Gründerterrasse and the new Fløyby could provide a noticeable and attractive start of a visionary and urban strategy for the new and dynamic Arendal. The result of the competition was announced at a special ceremony in Arendal on Thursday this week. NSW was named the outright winner. The team was strengthen by Erling Dokk Holm providing good market and cultural advice. NSW’s competitors were Snøhetta and Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter.
- The strategic and vertical development of Fløybyen, rising up from the Market place, via Gründerterrassen, the young entrepreneurs terrace up to Fløybyen.
- Plan of Gründerterrassen and Fløybyen, integrated in the urban fabric
- Varied and intimate housing along Fløystredet
- Great views from the indoor/outdoor swimming pool next to health, welfare and office buildings surrounding Fløytorvet
- Fløybyen’s piazza opening up towards the city centre, surrounded by swimming pool and other buildings