BÅRD HELLAND

Bård Helland is conducting doctoral research at the Oslo School of Architecture concerning the relationship between construction and representation in contemporary architecture. He also maintains his own, related architectural practice.
5 APARTMENTS / 5 STORY CONCRETE AND GLASS BUILDING
OSLO

Situated in a smaller, leftover, suburban space outside Oslo, this project is meant to establish a typology for compact living in small scale units in green surroundings.

The project is searching to combine the qualities of living in a personal pavilion, like an smaller version of Mies's Farnsworth House, and having the pleasure of being elevated from the ground, like in a modernistic block apartment. Even if five flats are joined together, each inhabitant should get the feeling of being in his/her personal single house with contact out in all directions.

The building structure is made in concrete, organized in thick floors and with few solid walls. The walls are never connected to the fašade, the staircase is organized in the middle and the inner space gives a free float all over in each apartment.

The fašade is made in clear glass with optimal privacy and sun protection. Inside two layers of curtains, each with different density, can be moved all around for different need of light modulation during the day/week/year. The vegetation outside, which is close to the fašade, gives also significant light and sight qualities during the day and under the different seasons. Huge sliding doors give contact to the surrounding space and make the pavilion analogy even stronger.