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Oslo Urban Arena
"Ground level connectivity is excellently solved, inside as well as outside, with browsing areas of comfortable proportions, clear communication lines and an entrance lobby which also serves as the passage between the building’s two main exposures. At the same time, the reception area is well defined and can function separately from the urban lobby.
No side of the building is a “back side”. The proposal for public activities on all corners underlines the urban qualities of the building. A proposal for short-time rental space for various cultural purposes and related events and activities underline the concept of the building as an “urban dynamo”.
Double ground floor height is decisive for a sense of openness towards the grand plaza park to the river, emphasised by the elegantly generous canopy that marks this transition, but also close connection, between busy inner browsing and the outer urban realm. The proposal integrates bicycle activity as a vital part of the building’s architecture. The bicycle hub and ramp to underground bicycle parking is best in the competition." Remarks from the jury Status: Work In Progress Developer: ENTRA ASA Architect: CODE et al