Origo Tunga is the district of the future and the future begins today. The future is to use what we have and put it together in new contexts.

Client: Trondheim Areal AS
Status: Winning proposal - ongoing
Size: 100 000 m2
Location: Trondheim, Norway
Type: Invited Competition, Urban planning, Transformation
Collaborators: Oslo Works Consultants: Rambøll, Professor Aksel Tjora, Associate Professor Gro Rødne
Our vision:• Facilitate an innovative district with good opportunitiespeople happen at the crossroads between space-consumingindustry and "easier" production, processes and facilities• through this program for reuse as a driving force forbusiness development and urban attraction; inspire furtherfor reuse as a commodity and meeting place• Also densify the zone for industry and industry, so thatfree up areas that can ensure a better integration of thesethe functions of the city web in general, and actualize and make visiblean important "engine" in the city's function.
From grey island to integrated green hub

Our vision:

• Facilitate an innovative district with good opportunities for people happening at the crossroads between space-consuming industry and "easier" production, processes and facilities
• Through this program for reuse as a driving force for business development and urban attraction; inspire further for reuse as a commodity and meeting place
• Also densify the zone for industry and business, to free up areas that can ensure a better integration of these functions into the city web in general, and make visible an important and realisable "engine "in the city's ecosystem.

Strategic Masterplan for the Tunga

Tunga's new park system

A coherent park system connects existing living areas together and creates soft connections to Tunga. The park system creates good zones for humans and important habitat for a diversity of species. By extension of the park system proposes an activity axis where existing sports and activity arenas are connected.

Urban axes

The urban axes connect existing and planned residential areas together with Tunga. The axes hold the outward-looking businesses that form the urban ones the qualities of the area and emphasizes what the project provides the local area in the form of city life at street level and in urban spaces. The urban axes create natural connections tomorrow's sustainable district where production and recreation takes place side by side and creates city life and social meeting places. Tunga has the potential to be a pilot for the future urban development where industrial areas are transformed into new, urban landscapes, still with productive and industrial character, and strengthens Trondheim's position as one sustainable technology capital.

Mobility network

Today's mobility situation is primarily chaotic and confusing. We propose the following measures:
1. Connected walking and cycling routes make it easier orientate and arrive faster. Existing crossings and underpasses are strengthened, so that the area is experienced clear and accessible.
2. A strengthened public transport route is proposed as part of shipping people to and from the area it without car.
The bypass is important for transport in and out of the area. Exits between Tunga and Omkjøringsveien can therefore be seen as important safeguard.

Site plan


Areas for space-intensive industries are often characterised by that each individual building is an autonomous structure characterized by “straight- in car ”solutions without thinking about what potential this may be for social meeting places. Such solutions make the areas unnecessary fragmented, with spaces that are partially inaccessible for soft road users and completely without any kind of attractive living areas.

"Origo Tunga" means a completely new type of city there as well space-intensive industry contributes to social sustainability. The driving force / the engine is the existing large structures on Tungasletta, but with a new organisation of the logistics so that it becomes a new one and clear hierarchy within the area. Space-intensive industry must have their logical place here, but by differentiating the areas will we get a better flow for both heavy transport, passenger cars and those soft road users, and not least facilitate a lot more sustainable "last mile delivery" from this logistics hub and further around the city.

View from the linear park

Strategies for reuse

The circular way of thinking is a central part of proposals final plan, but the concept should be able to facilitate a circular project from the start. The overall goal of the project is to take care of the resources available on the site in as much as possible. That is, in those cases where existing
building can not be preserved, it is important that this does not end up in one waste-producing linear process. In the reuse strategy, emphasis is placed on all resources will find a new place, preferably within the boundaries of the project. The prioritisation emphasises reuse, rather than recycling, as well as that waste production must be reduced to a minimum. Zero vision - reallocation of resources The least possible waste must be removed from the area during the construction process. The circular principle that the project follows should be followed in all part of the project, and be an input to a new circular everyday life in Trondheim. In the planning phase, principles should be established which strengthens the circular process.

A breeding ground for innovation centres

Co-locating circular concepts will be able to create a strong identity of the area.

Origo Tunga plays an important role in the industrial history of Trondheim and the relation to E6. Industry has been an important factor of the growth and placement of cities. Its been a long tradition of moving heavy industries and production away from the cities. We believe heavy industry plays an important role for identity of a space and can be interweaved into a neighbourhood.

Project Team: Linn Runeson, Eric Reid, Runa Hermansen, Ane Liavaag Ellefsen

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