Nye Broverkstedet

Nye broverkstedet is situated centrally on Vulkan in Grünerløkka, Oslo with Akerselva as its closest neighbour. The site has housed many different programs in the past, and has gone from factories and industry to culture, education and sports. The project now seeks to open up the site for the public more, and bring Akerselva into the urban sphere. The existing programs of sports and education will be kept, and in addition there will be housing.

Nye Broverkstedet
Client: Aspelin Ramm AS
Status: Ongoing
Size: 5 000 m2
Location: Oslo, Norway
Type: Urbanism, Riverscape, Roof gardens
Collaborators: Rodeo Arkitekter

Generally, Vulkan is an area that has problems with storm floods and river floods. The site requires that we work within the logic of the landscape, and an important aspect we are working with is finding out where the water is coming from, finding creative and unique solutions to slow down, filter and rinse it and redirecting it to safe floodways. 

We are working with this site as an important piece of the puzzle in the big Akerselva riverpark. The riverfront on the site is today introverted and with generic programming, with a large concrete wall creating a barrier between the city and the river. The goal for us is not to create a ready-to-use beautiful garden, but rather to create a solid framework and foundation for the river landscape to re-establish and thrive in the future. It is about creating habitats that will sustain themselves, where humans are a co-habitant and play an active role in the management and preservation of the landscape. Our vision is for the Nye Broverkstedet to offer a different experience with the river, and become a unique part of the bigger riverpark.

The site we are a part of developing is one that has many layers, each one giving a unique glimpse into the history of the landscape, and the cultural modifications that have been done to fit the needs of that time. For us, understanding these layers and the different roles the landscape has played in the past is of big importance when shaping it for the future.

Project team: Eric Reid, Linn Runeson, Runa Oline Hermansen

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