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This can solve the housing crisis in the cities

From two to four meters wide plots require the architects.

This can solve the housing crisis in the cities

The question that is currently affecting the social debate is: “Where do we live?”, as the theme was, among other things, in a debate in the Literature House last Monday. One of the solutions to housing shortages in the city center may be the rooms between the towns.

In big cities like Tokyo, New York and London, where land use is extreme, examples of houses that are well functioning on small plots still appear..

An example is The Shadow House designed by the architects Sophie Goldhill and David Liddicoat, located in London. They cycled around, explored back streets, looked over fences, constantly looking for a little hidden, forgotten place.

The result was an eye-catching detached house, which received the Royal Institute of British Architects Award last year.

In Oslo, similar issues begin to emerge, because there is little doubt that there is an increasing need for center-friendly housing and commercial premises. Particularly given that there is still a political majority in order to keep the land border holy.

In response to challenges, two young Norwegian architects suggest Hogne Øye Sætre and Jørn Are Vigestad Berge in Perfect Architect to build in the city’s spaces.

This can solve the housing crisis in the cities

RESIDENTIAL: Idea to fill the void at Langes gate 13 in Oslo. Photo: Illustration: Perfect architect

Micro Land

The detached house is wanted in Langes gate in Oslo on a 3.6 meter wide plot. It believes they provide a spacious residence the size of corresponding townhouses otherwise in the city. The architects claim they can manage between two and four meters wide plots, which are between 6 and 20 meters deep. The proposed development projects are therefore more extreme than previously seen.

If the project is approved by the authorities, the 19th-century building will have a modern addition with wood and glass facade.

– This may not be something everyone wants, but certainly someone who will love. Such homes mean we need in today’s market where almost everything that is built is homes many can accept but no one really wants, explains architect Hogne Øye Sætre to bonytt. no

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This can solve the housing crisis in the cities

MINIMUM TOMT: In Seilduksgata 3 in the capital, they are looking for student housing with street-level studios. The plot is 2.4 meters wide. Photo: Illustration: Perfect architect

A similar project in Seilduksgata is something different than the detached house and is designed as a student residence with studios on the street level and at the top there is a roof terrace. The plot is 2.4m wide and may be more suitable for temporary settlements.

– We rely on both goodwill from government agencies and, not least, interested and visionary landowners. We think such small-scale projects can have a lot to say for the city as a whole and not least for the local area in which they are listed. They can give way to the street and offer housing that contributes to variation in building mass, but also in the personal gallery in the city, Øye Sætre expands..

Some fortune projects are already ready. The residential complex in Parkveien 5 in Oslo, designed by KIMA Architecture, is a good example. Here Infill AS has been a builder, a company that, like the dentists of the capital, has decided to fill in inappropriate holes.

Last year Infill said to Bonytt. no that there were about 350 potentially enclosed plots within Ring 2, but somewhat larger plots of land than the architects Hogne Øye Sætre and Jørn Are Vigestad Berge look for.

But the vision is the same: The background for the desire is to ease the housing needs without increasing the extent of the city. Thus you can build without threatening either ground or green lungs. Climate challenges also make it necessary to develop new ways to build on, they believe.

Angle of rules

Adm. Director Baard Schumann in Selvaag Bolig wrote this week a chronicle in Aftenposten, pointing out that the developers are, among other things, hampered by rigid regulations that dampen housing construction. “We have materials and technology, but a hangover of rules and regulations inhibits housing development and ensures that the housing market is in line with the reality. “

Hogne Øye Sætre emphasizes that in the future we must cut consumption and waste in connection with building construction. And that we need to reduce energy consumption in existing and new buildings, as well as reduce the transport needs between homes, workplaces and center functions.

This can solve the housing crisis in the cities

GET RESIDENTIALS. In Oslo, housing prices are rising, partly due to population growth and few housing. Locked houses can be one way to meet the move. Photo: Find Ståle Felberg / Infill

– Compared to a detached detached house, you will also halve the need for insulation and facade materials. Such filling of the void between two existing buildings will also minimize the energy consumption of the new building. In addition, existing buildings will have a facade less to maintain and lose heat through, he continues.

Good with creative input

Associate Professor at Erling Dokk Holm, a doctorate from the School of Architecture and Design, is positive to such cave space projects.

– The city becomes more urban of it. The problem is that such homes are often very expensive. Moreover, it is not unlimited with such plots, but all monks go, he says to bonytt.com

However, Hogne Øye Sætre believes that their building system utilizes existing buildings, and therefore are cheaper than ordinary homes.

This can solve the housing crisis in the cities

LITTLE TOMT: The original The Shadow House was built on a small fallow garage. The architects rode around in downtown London, explored back streets, looked over fences, constantly looking for a forgotten place. Photo: Tom Gildon

President Kim Skaara of the Norwegian Architectural Association (NAL) says to Bonytt. no that he is fond of creative input in the housing policy debate.

– How much of what becomes something we see, but everyone should get new thoughts in the change process we are now in the middle of. We still have the village tradition so strongly in mind in Norway that new visions are only positive. Nevertheless, there should be a certain amount of realism in this if not just freaking out the debate.

In the debate at Litteraturhuset last Monday, Bård Folke Fredriksen, City Council for Urban Development in Oslo (H), was concerned that there were areas in the capital. “It must be allowed to use the entire city,” he said, and was not as keen on the daunting urbanization process in Norway – that many want to live within walking distance to the city center.

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This can solve the housing crisis in the cities

Drawing of detached house in Langes gate in Oslo Photo: Illustration: Perfect architect

This can solve the housing crisis in the cities

Drawing of detached house in Langes gate in Oslo Photo: Illustration: Perfect architect

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