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A team of Barcelona architects will design Trygve Lies Square in Oslo


To succeed in turning around an urban situation that does not work is the wish of any architectural project. The current Trygve Lies square, situated in the heart of Furuset, a suburban area of Oslo, is the site of metro and bus stations scattered around its entire space and is characterised by a surface car park representing an obstacle for the setting.

The proposal submitted jointly by the Barcelona MX_SI and MestresWåge architectural offices is a forceful, clear answer to this situation. This is why they have prevailed over thirty other projects entered in the international competition organised in October by the Urban Development Agency of Oslo City Hall. The winning architects propose a multifunctional space that succeeds in creating a new centrality for staging urban, economic, cultural, sports and leisure activities. At the same time, it seeks to bioclimatically adapt the space to the area’s different weather conditions.

The proposal’s principal leitmotif is a “flying carpet”, the motto of the project. The idea behind the new public space is the construction of a continuous topography that is altered at one point by a slight elevation, an urban gesture that creates a complex space on two levels and serves as a roof for a sustainable mobility centre and as an articulator of the square’s transversal relations on its surface. The open space generates different ambiences through a change in paving, furniture and use of materials.

The international competition forms part of the Nordic Built Cities Challenge, an initiative that seeks to drive forward and raise awareness of innovation and multidisciplinarity in urban interventions undertaken in Nordic countries to create inhabitable, intelligent and sustainable cities.




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