IN THE LOOP

DESIGN: 2011 - 2013
PROGRAM: 120 000 m2 houses/offices/commercial/hotel/sportsarenas
CLIENT: Asker Municipality, Asker Ski Club
LOCATION: Føyka/Elvely, Asker, Norway
COLLABORATION: ADEPT (dk), ACT (dk), Rambøll, Esbensen (dk), Hydrateam, Bygganalyse, Hadri

LIFE.NATURE.SPORT

IN THE LOOP
LIFE.NATURE.SPORT

DESIGN: 2011 - 2013
PROGRAM: 120 000 m2 houses/offices/commercial/hotel/sportsarenas
CLIENT: Asker Municipality, Asker Ski Club
LOCATION: Føyka/Elvely, Asker, Norway
COLLABORATION: ADEPT (dk), ACT (dk), Rambøll, Esbensen (dk), Hydrateam, Bygganalyse, Hadri
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Oslo, the capital of Norway, is the fastest growing city in Europe. In the next 15 year, Oslo will have 200.000 more inhabitants and the same number will move to the municipalities surrounding the capital. To ensure that the growth will contribute to a sustainable urban structure, the 200.000 new dwellings and the new workplaces have to be organized in dense urban structures close to public transport nodes.

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Asker is a municipality approximately 15 minutes from the center of Oslo by train. The Centre area of Asker has developed into a 3-6 stories mixed use block structure. It has a lively street scene with cafes, small shops, cultural Centre and several public spaces.
In 2011 Asker Municipality staged an architectural competition to find the best solution to expand the existing center on the former football fields on the western side of the Asker River. A team consisting of DARK architects Norway and ADEPT architects (DK) won the competition and has since developed the competition entry into a detailed plan for the area.

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The integration of a new city center area requires clear urban strategies. The internal pedestrian system dominant in the center today forms a “U”, with the open end facing westwards towards the Asker river. By organizing the new center around a corresponding “U” -as a public, spatial sequence –the two sides come together as a circular motion - the “loop”. The loop is the structure that brings the main public spaces together - the river park and the big squares, which will offer a wide range of activities. They are linked to important focal points in the city, such as the train station, the cultural center and the town square and community center. –The loop structure provides an easy orientation and a good access to the primary public spaces in the center. In addition to that, secondary public spaces in a smaller scale can offer more refined and quiet zones.

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LIFE – MIXED PROGRAMMES AND USE FOR 24/7 CITY LIFE
The detailed plan of the area has a total of 120.000 m2 floor area. The buildup areal is designed as an open, irregular block structure giving room for ground floor areas with shops and services, combined with offices or housing above ground floor. There are also set aside sites for special purposes like hotel and a community centre with kindergarten and sport facilities. The mixed use of the area will ensure that this neighborhood will neither be a mono functional housing estate, a business park or a center area emptying out when shops closes at five o’clock.

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NATURE – BRINGING THE GREEN AND BLUE STRUCTURE IN TO THE CITY CENTRE
The center of Asker have two small rivers running from the forest to the fjord, varying greatly in water flow- Today they are neglected and hidden in ditches. The project will bring the two waterways into the urban realm by creating a park structure along their banks and establishing thresholds that will create more visible water tables in the dry period. The riverbanks will be connected by new bridges and pathways that will bring the nature element closer into the experience of the new urban context.

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SPORT – MAKING PUBLIC SPACES FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
The area has a tradition as an area for organized physical activity in athletics track and soccer field. The soccer field will be kept and rebuilt as an arena integrated into the topography and landscape, while the soccer training fields and the athletic tracks will be relocated and replaced by areas for informal and varied physical activity. These areas will be integrated into the pedestrian area of “The Loop” and are aimed to stimulate and engage children and young people into a broad specter of activities like climbing, skating, ball play and other games that both serve as means to broaden the specter of urban activities and strengthen the city center as a social arena for all ages.

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SUSTAINABLE GROWTH – WALKABILITY AND DENSITY
The municipality of Asker has a typical suburban building structure with mainly villas and row houses. This has led to a high degree of car use and car dependency. By creating high density urban housing and working structure close to the public transport hub and ensuring the center as a mainly car free area with attractive, safe and varied walking and biking routes, the project will lead to a change in the transport preferences. There will be underground parking areas, but with a very limited numbers.
The high density structure will be built with a central energy supply based on renewal energy, thermal wells and solar panels. The roofs will be partly common outdoor terraces and partly green roof. The green roofs will contribute to local handling of storm water, stabilizing local climate and enhance local biodiversity.

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