This competition required a large housing complex design in an area just on the outskirts of downtown Bergen. This district is witnessing an important urban redevelopment in order to progress with the process of densification already underway. The concept of sharing and co-housing was studied in order to develop a design that could contribute to the creation of a more just city.
Sharing is about connections. We are increasingly more connected through our screens and simultaneously disconnected from our direct surroundings. We share more than ever before, but there might be physical components in the equation which we cannot yet fully grasp. Is there still a need for connections that rely on senses other than the eye? We propose a building complex that provides a deep connectivity throughout multiple layers of the scheme. The complex consists of four separate buildings that are all interconnected. The connections are both spatial and functional, achieved by integrating circulation systems with different types of (semi-) public functions and a wide variety of dwelling units. These spatial-programmatic connections will ultimately result in a highly increased number of physical human interactions. Very Important in the scheme is also a certain level of flexibility in order for the connections to establish and reinforce themselves, meaning that once a connection has been established, it can grow and adapt to the specific needs.
Program: Mixed-use Housing Development
Location: Bergen, Norway
Architects: Dario Pedrabissi, Berend Venema
Status: Competition, unbuilt