Bispevika Housing, Oslo Harbour

An archipelago of low-rise high-density houses


The intervention is part of the urban expansion process that started the complete transformation of Oslo from a gray and provincial capital to a cosmopolitan and growing metropolis through ambitious planning projects, beginning with the construction of the Snøhetta Opera House in 2008. These projects, some of which are still underway and scheduled to be completed in 2030, have given the city’s shoreline a new face by rehabilitating 225 hectares of the harbor area, where new neighborhoods overlooking the spectacular fjord have risen. In this context, in a scenic location right on the edge of the fjord, with magnificent views and numerous service facilities near the city center, the Vandkunsten project was realized: a high-density, low-rise residential complex whose greatest strength is the quality of spaces between the buildings.

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