The Government Quarter in Oslo

SLA's work with Oslo's central Government Quarter, which was damaged after the terror attack in July 2011, shows that demands for urban security and the desire for an active urban life are not mutually exclusive.

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Louise Fiil Hansen

Design Director, Partner, Urban Designer

Location

Oslo, Norway

Size

182,000 m2

Year

2014 —

Client

Statsbygg

Partners & Collaborators

Team Urbis: Nordic, Rambøll, Bjørbekk & Lindheim, Asplan Viak, COWI. Credit for all images: Team Urbis and Statsbygg

The new urban spaces around Oslo’s Government Quarter hold both utility value and amenity value – they are designed with regard to both safety and to giving citizens the opportunity to stay and move around. The project is a worthy memorial site with spaces for silence and contemplation while also actively taking part in the life of the city.

The project involves the transformation of an urban space with a lot of cultural heritage. In the landscape design, SLA works with connecting nature, history and culture – which is reflected and communicated in the design of the urban spaces – while at the same time presenting innovative urban solutions. By using existing spatial qualities as a starting point for the transformation and communication of the area’s history, logistics and flow, SLA ensures a clear aesthetics and cultural-historical identity in the new urban space around the Government Quarter.