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Hamar Lakefront Development

Client Hamar Town Hall / Rorn Eiendom
Date 2014
Size 27 ha
Budget $285,000,000
Collaborator MARC BROSSA

Awarded first prize in the international competition for the development of the Hamar lakefront, the project encompasses architecture, urban design, and landscape, employing an informal solution and evolving mechanism for increased density and development.  The proposal transforms a currently contaminated 27 hectare (75 acre) site into an alternative urban landscape district with a large housing component, commercial, research and recreational programs.

The first phase of this project capitalizes on the four existing contextual conditions; isolation by transit infrastructure from the city fabric, an open edge condition between city and nature, extreme climate conditions, and soil and site contamination. The purpose of the second phase of this project is to demonstrate the validity, location and nature of an overpass connection, spanning the train tracks, between the city center and the Strandsonen area in Hamar. The challenge is hence to find an overpass solution that aids in the urban and landscape development of both sides, addressing the programmatic and infrastructural needs and provoking complementary activities.