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Oslo's Harbour Promenade

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Oslo's Harbour Promenade

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Type: Strategy and Principle Plan
Client: Oslo Municipality
Program: Public space, infrastructure, mobility
Size: 9 km
Location: Oslo
Status: Delivered 2012

Team: Henning Sunde, Laurence Antelme
Collaborators: White Architects and Marius Grønning PhD

Video Presentation: Click here

Together with White Architects (SE) and Marius Grønning, Rodeo were selected for a parallel study to develop a strategic and principle plan for a harbour promenade along Oslo's waterfront. The  plan focuses on both short and long term strategies. The 9 km long Harbour Promenade is a pivotal piece in the design of Oslo's new "Fjord City", and is to connect diverse areas along Oslo's waterfront, including Akerhusstranda, Frognerstranda, gentrified areas such as Aker Brygge and Bjøvika, as well as areas such as Filipstad where Oslo's harbour operations are still in place. 

Our proposal seeks to develop a number of parallel and complimentary promenades along the waterfront, each with unique qualities. The promenades are anchored in existing situations and function as extensions of the city's public spaces. In our proposal the promenades cater for a variety of pedestrian and cyclist user groups. The aim is to promote social convergence and sense of community, providing residents with a sense of belonging, and urging visitors to Oslo to want to come back through a series of arenas for recreational and cultural activities.

Central to discussions in the project are principles of environmental sustainability, universal design, flexibility, dynamics, and robustness. The project seeks to build on existing and varied qualities of spaces along the fjord. It chooses to rely on and boost life in existing communities rather than constructing new ones. The promenade and its contents is thus both reliant on and a supplement to the city. 

In their report the jury states that: "Rodeo and White put emphasis on the multiple connections to the city (...), how the city and its residents alter over time, and how the promenade can be a positive force in this process."

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Type: Strategy and Principle Plan
Client: Oslo Municipality
Program: Public space, infrastructure, mobility
Size: 9 km
Location: Oslo
Status: Delivered 2012

Team: Henning Sunde, Laurence Antelme
Collaborators: White Architects and Marius Grønning PhD

Video Presentation: Click here

Together with White Architects (SE) and Marius Grønning, Rodeo were selected for a parallel study to develop a strategic and principle plan for a harbour promenade along Oslo's waterfront. The  plan focuses on both short and long term strategies. The 9 km long Harbour Promenade is a pivotal piece in the design of Oslo's new "Fjord City", and is to connect diverse areas along Oslo's waterfront, including Akerhusstranda, Frognerstranda, gentrified areas such as Aker Brygge and Bjøvika, as well as areas such as Filipstad where Oslo's harbour operations are still in place. 

Our proposal seeks to develop a number of parallel and complimentary promenades along the waterfront, each with unique qualities. The promenades are anchored in existing situations and function as extensions of the city's public spaces. In our proposal the promenades cater for a variety of pedestrian and cyclist user groups. The aim is to promote social convergence and sense of community, providing residents with a sense of belonging, and urging visitors to Oslo to want to come back through a series of arenas for recreational and cultural activities.

Central to discussions in the project are principles of environmental sustainability, universal design, flexibility, dynamics, and robustness. The project seeks to build on existing and varied qualities of spaces along the fjord. It chooses to rely on and boost life in existing communities rather than constructing new ones. The promenade and its contents is thus both reliant on and a supplement to the city. 

In their report the jury states that: "Rodeo and White put emphasis on the multiple connections to the city (...), how the city and its residents alter over time, and how the promenade can be a positive force in this process."