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Oslo Urban Arena
«The Wedge» is a «small high-rise» and an untraditional low-energy office building.
The project is tailor-made for small and innovative firms, amidst big, international companies in the Central Business district. 12 stories holds retail on ground level, open office floors for co-working, and a communal restaurant on top. The design is rooted in the democratic principle of bestowing all users with excellent working conditions, good lighting and access to both formal and informal meeting spaces.
Windows from floor to ceiling provide light from all sides of the building and bright office interiors. As well as offering panoramic view towards the surrounding hillside, city and fjord, it allows tenants to experience the shifting daylight, emphasizing the Scandinavian presence. The architecture is a clear product of the wedge-shaped plot, which measures 70 meters in length and only 4-10 meters in width. Meeting rooms and an external fire escape cantilevers on the façade. This creates a sculptural and characteristic façade, and ultimately an iconic face of the grand BARCODE project towards east. Architect: A-lab Developer: Oslo S Utvikling Completed: 2016