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Stunning example of adaptive reuse in Oslo

Katie Henry
13 Nov 2019

Bygdøynesveien 15 (BNV15) has been developed into a comprehensive facility which combines new buildings in a historic facility in an attractive and innovative way.

The project reinforces and develops the place’s inherent identity through careful use of site-specific and high-quality architecture. 

The facility offers forward-looking apartments as well as a park and garden. The design creates a meeting between a new residential environment and the worthy buildings from the early 1900s, highlighting the clients ambition without compromising the site’s exclusive character. 

The transformation of the garden into an integrated housing structure and a complex housing design reflect the in-depth knowledge of the area’s historical conditions that the project is based on. Bygdøy is a very attractive area with a distinctive character in Oslo, and the project is built under the local character of the solution proposal, using high architectural qualities to reflect the environmentally friendly residential environment.

The project is located along Bygdøynesveien road, on the Bygdøy peninsula just outside Oslo, distinctively characterized by residential buildings with large gardens and green spaces as well as several well-known museums and landmarks. 

The 16-acre English style park was part of a New Baroque mansion that until 2012 was the Canadian ambassador’s residence. The 1916 house and park are now regulated for the preservation of the cultural environment with new buildings allowed in rows of separate villas on each side of the park. 

A layer of solid economy that wants quality housing and proximity to Bygdøy and its qualities are what define the target group of the BNV15 housing project. It provides the opportunity to adapt to different types of households within this segment, using solid materials that reflect the qualitative living environments. 

Both the park houses and the garden houses refer in scale and design to the residential construction of Bygdøy context. The aim is to combine the reflection of the distinctive and valuable historical buildings on the site with attractive housing and good interior and exterior spaces for residents. Connecting to the surrounding park, garden, the building environments and the neighboring properties is crucial in the design and development.