The design is underpinned by a series of careful considerations: integration of an existing iconic structure within a sizable redevelopment; the manner in which new building volumes and landscaped areas relate to neighbouring context; and, given the site’s adjacency to Oslo’s main water reservoir, the careful engineering of surface water run-off.
The founder of Tandberg Radiofabrikk – Vedbjørn Tandberg – was a pioneer of welfare in the workplace, and the factory itself was originally accompanied by a park, while the assembly hall featured a panoramic window overlooking the nearby woodland. These elements are carefully retained and given a new lease of life within the redevelopment, now re-interpreted within a residential context. The large assembly hall itself is given over to shared amenity space for the local residents, a concept developed in tandem with Selvaag’s pioneering programme initiative for new housing, Selvaag+. The scheme is configured in clusters of interjoining blocks which frame two generous landscaped gardens. The retained arched structure occupies a central position on the site’s higher, northern boundary , while the new building volumes step away down the terrain to the south.