Livet i Lohavn

A vision for a democratic neighbourhood for all living kind, both over and under water, in collaboration with Hille Melbye Arkitekter for a parallell commission on the site Lohavn in Grønlikaia hosted by Hav Eiendom and Oslo Havn.

Livet i Lohavn
Client: Hav Eiendom, Oslo Havn
Status: Delivered
Size: 23 662m2
Location: Oslo, Norway
Type: Waterfront, Housing, Urbanism
Collaborators: Hille Melbye Arkitekter AS Consultants: VA Visjon, Hoi! Oslo, Itech, Material Mapper, Brekke & Strand, Brekke & Strand, Norconsult

In Lohavn the neighbourhood will be created on the inhabitants premise, and the landscape healed following natures logic. With circular principles and strategies TEAM HABITAT will create good habitats for all living kind. The neighbourhood can this way contribute to both socially and ecologically sustainable development. The public room is our democratic arena that belongs to everyone and can be used by anyone, it is our plaza, our playground and our park. Here, a living city floor with social meeting spaces unite with the coastal landscape. "Livet i Lohavn" gives both worlds a face towards Grønlikaia and the Oslo fjord.

Anchored in Oslos History

The design language is rooted in buildings and built environments that have
was and is in the area, but which is absent in new developments
which is built by Oslo's fjord city. We mean this idiom will stand well against the Ekebergåsen and the silhouette of the Seamen's School and that the portals and colonnades will signal an excess and a generosity that becomes a joy for the city and the community, and which will provide belonging for the resident and the old train tracks to visually be saved and expressed in the city floor.


Lohavn should be a place for everyone - for visitors from all over the city, as well as the inhabitants in the neighbourhood. Lohavn and Grønlikaia will be a part of Gamle Oslo, a part of the city with big differences in terms of income and social relationships. Grønlikaia can become a bridge where solutions and contents provide activity and affiliation to a bigger audience, and through this becomes a role model for a sociocultural, sustainable development.


Lohavn is becoming a living neighbourhood, where its natural and easy to share areas, goods and services. Facilitating common functions, "bokaler" and offers created and provided by local forces with make the neightbourhood unique and real. This type of development takes time, and has to happen on the premise and initative of the inhabitants, which means that temporary functions and flexible spaces in the ground floor will be important.


Lohavn should become a good place for animals, insects og plants, on land as well as in water. By strengthening the local ecosystem we can facilitate increased biodiversity in the Oslo fjord and Grønlikaia, and hopefully help the situation in the fjord that has suffered under destructive development in the last decade. In Lohavn a living and urban landscape is for the pleasure of both people and nature itself.


Circular water strategy - blue green structures that store and reuse rainwater - for play, recreation and production
Greywater recycling systems using nature based filtering solutions on the roofs
Fresh produce from roofs, the fjord and the fjord garden - local production created with the inhabitants, sold or prepared and served in the ground floor restaurants and cafes
Recycling, reuse and upcycling of materials - bricks, steel, foundations, paving and masses of soils and stones.
Surplus materials and masses from earlier building stages
Local production and offers of goods and services
Common functions and a sharing culture - common roof gardens, rooms, laundry, workshops, apartments, workplaces and car-pool
Capable of change and future reuse
Smart energy management that create awareness among inhabitants of their own energy consumption
Flexible systems with waterborne heating, adaptable to different sources of supply
Local energy central distributing and optimizing local energy production from solar panels and heating from the sea, surplus energy from nearby areas and district heating.

Project Team: Eric Reid, Linn Runeson, Runa Oline Hermansen, Janina Sánchez Cárdenas

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