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© Ivar Kvaal


Type: Residential Location: Oslo, Norway Program: New housing with 59 apartments, café and underground parking Client: Aspelin Ramm Eiendom AS Size: 7,100m2 Commission type: Invited competition (2015)  Status: Completed (2020) Design Team: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter  Photo Credits: Ivar Kvaal, Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter


Oslo residential complex
The project has been developed on a very site-specific approach. It has elaborated solutions, that primarily refer to the historical context of the neighborhood of Fagerborg.

The project unites tradition and innovation in a carefully reflected way and provide good homes that will help to form a qualitative neighborhood. Pilestredet 77/79 has been designed to combine new buildings with a historic environment in an attractive and innovative way.

The plot is in a residential area surrounded by buildings from the 1800s and 1900s. Through a conscious use of high-quality location and situation-adapted architecture, the aim is to reinforce and develop the inherent identity of the place. P77 becomes an environmentally friendly and urban residential environment with high architectural qualities.

Pilestredet 77-79 is located between 4 distinctive Oslo city neighborhoods - Fagerborg, Majorstuen, Norabakken and Stensparken. The housing complex acts therefore as a specific transition in the urban fabric, therefore are the three buildings’ architecture different.

The lower buildings (Pilestredet 79a and 79bB) have a townhouse architectural typology, which gradually withdrawn from the street as they go up Pilestredet and are thus integrated in and create a transition to the city villas with their front gardens in the historical fabric of Fargerborg. They have the same footprint and a principle of alternately four and two apartments per plan.

The bigger volume (Pilestredet 77) designed as a city block, answers the street corner geometry. It defines the end of Fagerborg neighborhood and a transition towards the more trafficated urban fabric of the site, at the meeting with the more urban identities of Majorstuen, Norabakken and Stensparken neighborhoods. It includes six to eight apartment units per floor of different sizes.