Egenes Park apartment complex and childcare centre in Stavanger
Egenes Park is a building for dwellings with a child care centre in the stadium area of Stavanger, Norway. Onix and HLM have been commissioned to build these 75 apartments and kindergarten in Stavanger, which was the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2008. Stavanger has the largest existent old inner city in Europe, consisting entirely of wooden houses. The project is build in the context of the Norwegian Wood architectural festival, in which innovative wooden architecture is the centre of focus.
The exceptional feature of this project is the 5-storey solid wood construction in which the project is realized. Furthermore, special demands have been placed on energy-saving (it has an energy class A), environment-friendly material use, and universal accessibility. The façades and interior are erected with massive wood elements and wood is used through the building from construction to detail. Various types of (Norwegian) wood haven been used. During the day, the roof of the childcare centre functions as a play area for children, and is a part of public space in the evenings. The architecture of the project was inspired by traditional Norwegian wooden architecture, but this project expresses its own special character.
Shadow city, continuing the existing wooden city of Stavanger
The starting point of the plan is an intensive observation of local circumstances, traditions, crafts (wood) and even folklore. By exposing elements of these to universal and contemporary global influences, a “strangely familiar architecture` is created. A shadow city of Stavanger.
Interaction with its users constitutes a substantial component of the design process. Ultimately, they will be part of a viable project. The buildings are equipped for change, can easily be adapted and have a longer lifetime.
The project connects as multilaterally as possible with its environment, the existing city and the sports park, but also does this in a mental sense, namely the traditional Norwegian timber architecture. They form an “interim location` that programmes the public and collective space with regard to their individual space. It bridges social differences due to the communal use of the space between the residents, the day care centre and the sportsmen.
These “UNI spaces` gain significance through social action. Instead of striving for a perfect conceptual space, we are grafting on a living environment. Ideological blandness is avoided by an inclusive and hybrid approach to space. A space that is rough and smooth, modern and old-fashioned, beautiful and ugly, urban and rural, generic and specific, natural and artificial. Due to this “bush-hammering` of the concept, a balance is created between the image and the reality of the building, which via a rough and informal materialisation, is discomposed by the autonomy of the tectonics.
Coincidence, the exception and the unexpected receive a place in the materialisation due to improvisation. This “dirty detailing` involves craft and industrialisation with each other again and reasons as much as possible from the sustainable and locally available natural materials that make a tactile building.
Shadow city is “peered-at architecture` to which people can relate, reflecting the perfect imperfection of a healthy living environment.