On Wednesday, the City of Oslo Architecture Award was awarded in Oslo City Hall and the old textile mill in Nedre gate 5-7 won this year’s award. The project is carried out by architects from Space Group Arkitekter AS and landscape architects from Sundt & Thomassen AS.
Nedre gate 5-7 is located in a listed industrial area by the Akers River. The building that was a textile mill from the 1890s until 1933 is now adapted to a wide range of cultural activities, which the jury appreciated.
The project has preserved historic features including roof and brick walls. The building is characterized by innovative architecture with open mezzanine floors, large windows providing ample light and a sculptural staircase.
– In dialogue with conservation authorities, the endangered textile mill from the 1890s has been further developed and given new life with a wide range of cultural activities. The project demonstrates innovation regarding conservation issues and architectural and building design solutions. In a discreet and exemplary way, past and present is linked together – for the future, the jury wrote.
The aim of the award is to highlight a unique building built in Oslo in 2012.
This year there were 22 candidates. Nedre gate 5-7 was named one of three finalists, along with Enebolig Sømme and Tjuvholmen Icon Complex, better known as the Astrup Fearnley Museum.
The City of Oslo Architecture Award will go to a building that represents innovative architecture or landscape architecture with high conceptual quality and execution, and that brings something new – aesthetically, functionally or culturally.
Text by: Thor Lanesskog, ThorNews
Photos by: Space Group Arkitekter AS