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Residential, cultural and commercial hub in Ås, Norway

*honourable mention

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location: Ås, Norway

year: 2013
status: Competition Europan 12

client: Europan 12, Ås municipality
program: Housing, student housing, museum, F&B, retail

GFA: 12,000 m2

budget: n/a

team: Lucia Zamponi, Filippo Nanni





With reference to the “Quadrivio degli Angeli” in the classic city plan of Ferrara, the project defines an intensified cross section with four strong characters of urban distinction and complementary programming. The masterplan outline operates on two scales – on the Europan site itself and extended along two axes running North-South and East-West. The project argues that the vitality of student life in Ås operates on a local community level while the University itself belongs to a world scale of research and business. Combining these potentials the site is proposed as a SHOWCASE of Ås to the outside world, “intensifying locally – expanding world wide”. The Local Food Research and Innovation Hub – promoting Art, Trade, University and Community, bear the promise of a vibrant place where commuters and tourists, students and locals meet. As a sustainable quality, the project takes a position of adaptive reuse and incorporates all the existing buildings on site, with the potential of responding well to needs of the different property owners. The grid allows for an easy phasing which would make the plan robust and flexible.




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