The apartment building, located on Grünerløkka in an area called Ny York (New York), today one of the most colourful and diverse areas in Oslo. The block is a rare remaining example of the intimate blend of housing and small scale industry typical of the 19th century. The new structure is designed with special appreciation of these environs, and the backyard has with the new build gained an exciting and contrasting fusion of architecture. Featuring distinct architectural form, functional solutions, thoughtful details, and a contemporary overall expression, the building adds a new dimension to the area as well as reflecting the diversity by offering a variation of apartment types to accommodate a range of contemporary living situations. The goal was to create an environment adapted to the situation as well as obtaining an efficient exploitation of the site. The result is twelve entities with seven typological variations, divided on six floors, with a range of sizes from 31,5 to 85,5 sq.m., and both one- and two-floor apartments represented. All apartments have south-facing balconies; in addition the top-floors have private roof terraces with a great view over Oslo. Towards the street, the north facade is more closed, while the south is open and inviting with its large glazed areas facing the backyard and the great view. Being that most of the apartments are south-facing, the glazed areas bring daylight all the way through the spaces. The facades appear in shades of black; black brick, black zinc, while indoors one will find elements of fresh hues. The green colour reappears in stairwells, the entry zone, and on the south balconies. The colours in the apartments are kept neutral with shades between black and white.
Architect: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, Oslo, Norway (RRA)
Location: Grünerløkka, Oslo, Norway
Client: Korsgata 5 AS
Program: Urban apartment building
Construction year: 2009-2010
Size: 1025 sq.m.
Commission type: Direct Commission (2007)
Architects team: Reiulf D. Ramstad, Espen Surnevik, Sunniva Neuenkirchen Rosenberg, Anders Tjønneland
Project communication: Kristin S. Ramstad, Emilie L. Schjetlein
Photographs: Reiulf Ramstad Architects and Thomas Bjørnflaten
All images, drawing, renderings copyright of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter