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Facts

Year: 2019

Client: Horten Indistripark

Location: Horten

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Harbor front competition for the HS4 site with real estate developer, urbanism, design, business district & development, tech communities and industries, and co-working spaces with related services. Oct-Nov 2018.

This entry was awarded a 2nd place for the proposal of a knowledge district in Horten. HS4 is a small piece of property in the context that has been pointed out as a prospect for creating attractiveness. The project received high remarks by the jury as undeniably the most contemporary proposal for the site, its analytical thoroughness, modern approach to architectural design, most convincing conceptual proposal, clearest use of programmatic functions, and treatment of identity. Most notably, was how Knoppskyter challenged the popular belief and changed the jurors perception of blindly developing housing projects on the harbor front as first development stage. Regardless of the competition, a realization of the project, on alternative site is recommended. The jurors report can be read here: here.

The design is based on multiple choices of what the team read as inherent and beneficial qualities for Horten. The design language was to unite new design practices with old traditions in Horten, introducing modernity through familiarity. Some of the qualities kept were local color schemes, typologies, row house aestethics, wooden architecture, single-houses vs. bigger quarter structures etc. The design has also a built-in flexibility in the floorplans and can quickly be adjusted to the demands and changes in the market.
The programming is also a sum of eclectic choices but with a different purpose – to foster and cultivate specific working cultures and increase dialogue between professionals that usually do not meet in the city. Since the aspect of everyday life is equally important, both the inhabitants and the visitors has been factored as an integral part of the idea of the community and stories that can unfold. The traditional office hours constitute only 22% of the use of any commercial real estate. This project aims to increase or double the use of the complexes for both sustainable, social and practical purposes.

The proposal consists of different rental models for office spaces and related social and professional services. The programs are among others: co-working spaces S/M/L, high-end office spaces, multi-workshop, library, reuse center, related and specialised services (dry cleaning, pc repair, café etc.), food innovation, commercial boathouses, kindergarten, project-based apartments (short/long term).

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