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Architects unveil Oslo Science City plans

by Sion Geschwindt
Architects unveil Oslo Science City plans

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has unveiled designs for the Oslo Science City in central Oslo, a 1.4 million sq. metre development that will be home to an estimated 150,000 scientists, students, entrepreneurs.

Developed by BIG, A-lab, mobility experts CIVITAS, design community COMTE BUREAU and advisors Dr. Tim Moonen/THE BUSINESS OF CITIES and Leo Grünfeld/MENON ECONOMICS, the innovation district aims to be a net zero emission area that builds on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and circular economic principles during development and operation. 

The project will contain four areas, earmarked for life sciences, digitalisation, democracy & inclusion, and the environment. A loop will connect the areas with a series of innovation hubs and break-out spaces.

Bjarke Ingels, BIG’s founder, said: “Our design for Oslo Science City seeks to strengthen and develop the existing communities and neighbourhoods while expanding the area’s diversity through new spaces to live, work and share knowledge.

“To manifest the identity of Oslo Science City, the elements of the masterplan are tied together in a continuous loop of welcoming multifunctional buildings and spaces that open out towards the streets and create an engaging urban environment.”

David Zahle, BIG partner, said: “We believe Oslo science city will be a showcase and a front leader in the sustainability goals, green technologies, sustainable equality, and mobility. As an example, the ‘dScience centre’ will act as an urban connector between the wild green wedge and the vibrant campus centre in the heart of the loop.”

Image credit: BIG/Playtime

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