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Old July 23rd, 2013, 06:11 PM   #1
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OSLO | Bispevika

Bispevika

Bispevika is a planned development in central Oslo. It's part of the larger fjordcity development - a transformation scheme of former central port areas that separate the city from the sea. The development will be located between Operakvartet and the Oslofjord. Construction is first planned to start in 2014, but I intend to update this tread with recent info about the plans and construction updates of the infrastructure at the site (some surrounding streets are already under construction).

The development will be built up by two main components according to the current plans:

- The outer edge towards the city will consist of traditional perimeter blocks and will probably look something similar to Tjuvholmen with great diversity in designs and colors.

- The blocks closest to the sea will be more loosely built up with waterways and paths in between them. They will also feature angled roof and the designs are intended to mimic traditional Norwegian wharf warehouses - Bryggen in Bergen being one example of this style.

There will be around 1500 apartments in the whole project.


Details and specific designs may be subject to later changes.
















Planned look of one of the backyards:


Overview map:
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Old July 23rd, 2013, 06:16 PM   #2
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Some renders of the concept for the "outer parts" of the development. These are the renders that Danish Tegnestuen Vandkunsten won the invited competition for the project with, but their proposal have been slightly reworked since then in order to fit the rest of the development as you can see by the renders in the opening post.







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Old July 23rd, 2013, 07:21 PM   #3
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History of Bispevika

The location from air through times.

1937. Plenty of wharf activities and narrow roads.


1971. A motorway have been built in the upper edge of the area. Most of the old buildings have been demolished. The ruins of St Mary's Church have been completely uncovered.


1984. A proper road have been established going southwards (downwards in the picture) through the area. Otherwise little change.


1997. A proper motorway have taken the place where the 1984 road went. The old warehouses at port have pretty much all been demolished.


2004. The rail yard have been removed. In its place there have been made a artificial damn which is intended to be follow the boundaries of where the shoreline went in the middle ages.


2012. A new tunnel have been constructed underneath the bay. This make it possible to start removing the old freeway and make room for city developments at the site, which is what this tread is about.
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Some elevations in additional to the renders already posted - I think they should give you a pretty okay impression of how it's going to look. The elevations in this post represent the four sides of the block in the upper right corner on the overview map.









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Elevations of the two blocks along Haakon Vvs gate (see overview map).



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Old July 24th, 2013, 02:59 PM   #6
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Some construction updates of the streets surrounding the development.

Dronning Eufemias gate - this is the street that will be between this development and Operakvarteret. The temporary road to the left will be demolished and replaced with the Bispevika development when the street is completed. I also posted this picture in the tread dedicated to the Operakvarteret-development.


Haakon Vs gate - these pictures are about a month old. The Bispevika development will be located to the right here where there now is a temporary freeway.


... And to the left in this picture - basically between the boulevard and the sea.


The junction where Haakon Vs gate meets Dronning Eufemias gate.


Source for all pictures: http://osloiforandring.origo.no/
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Old July 25th, 2013, 02:52 PM   #7
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A old render - made before the designs of the buildings were revealed - which shows how the canal itself is planned to look. The canal itself won't completely connect with the artificial lake, but there will be a small waterfall at the end that will as far as I understands it. The canal will be called Bispekilen - "kil" is commonly used word in Norway to describe narrow bays.

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So many cool projects in Oslo. I'm getting envious. It must be interesting to live in Oslo at the moment with all these projects.
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Some renders of the concept for the "outer parts" of the development. These are the renders that Danish Tegnestuen Vandkunsten won the invited competition for the project with, but their proposal have been slightly reworked since then in order to fit the rest of the development as you can see by the renders in the opening post.
I found some renders of the reworked proposal. They do not looks to be of that high quality so they probably aren't that accurate.









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There will be quite a lot of small and narrow paths in between and around the buildings farthest out. Hopefully it will result in a cosy and pedestrian friendly place.
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Beautiful and without losing the Norwegian identity.
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Beautiful and without losing the Norwegian identity.
No, don't say that! The farther our cites gets from their current identity, the better as far as I can concerned with a few exception. No more gray, ugly buildings and no more sprawling, car-based mess. I hope we revert to cities made by and for humans. The sooner, the better. And this seems to be a good step in that direction if you ask me.
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Another cool humanist[ic] development in Oslo .
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The road along the artificial lake:

http://osloiforandring.origo.no/

The tents belong to a music festival in the park on the other side of the artificial lake.
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The last stretch of Haakon Vs gate:


http://osloiforandring.origo.no/?ref=checkpoint
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Asphalt on pretty much the whole stretch now on this half a month old picture.

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Oslo - July by Sigurd R, on Flickr


Compared to this render from almost the same angle of how it is going to be. They need to start construction the buildings them self though!

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This is very interesting.

Was there many studies done about the developement beforehand ? I assume this attracts lotsa researchers in the field of urban planning etc ?
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This is very interesting.

Was there many studies done about the developement beforehand ? I assume this attracts lotsa researchers in the field of urban planning etc ?
I'm not sure what you mean about studies. There were done a few feasibility studies in order to find out what you could build there, but no studies was done on universities by researchers if that is what you are referring to. Surely it would be more natural to do that afterwards anyway when you can see what kind of effect the development have had?
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not very much impressive from the point of view of cool photos, but feels to be very convenient for the citizens of Oslo.
Are there any special facilities for winter? Winters are pretty cold there
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