In 2003, MVRDV together with Norwegian firms Dark and A-lab, won the competition for the Bjørvika waterfront development with the design of the Bjørvika Barcode, a dense urban masterplan along Nyland
Location: Oslo, Norway
Client: Oslo S Utvikling (OSU), Oslo, Norway
Program: 14.5 Ha masterplan including offices and public space
Oslo Cityprisen, Oslo, NO
The Barcode masterplan is open to the public at ground level, where the majority of the space is commercial or cultural. Visit the museum while you are there to learn about the history of the site and see artefacts dug up during the construction process. For those wishing to take the train, Oslo Central Station is directly adjacent to the site.
Address: Dronning Eufemias gate, 0191 Oslo, Norway
The masterplan occupies a unique site in the city between the expanse of the fjord and a major transport hub that combines the Central station and highways. The goal of the project is to maximise urban and architectural diversity as well as spatial flexibility, and the realization of a pedestrian-friendly zone in the centre of Oslo. The site is divided into narrow strips, creating the so-called ‘Barcode’. Each building has one façade facing the fjord and one the transport hub on the opposite side to maximise views, number of addresses and flexible space for housing, office, commercial or cultural programs. Each building has its own identity and material expression while relating to their adjacent buildings in shape and architecture.
The masterplan was shaped early on in the process with a series of 'urban rules' as guidance. Examples of these rules include the differentiation in height and width of each building, the minimum width of passages between buildings, a minimum of 50% green outdoor space on horizontal surfaces, and that each program should be present in all phases to create a balanced development from the beginning.
The Barcode consists of 11 buildings designed by different architecture firms according to these rules, selected by individual commissions and organized competitions. In total, the
The execution of the
For MVRDV's project for Norwegian Bank DNB's Headquarters which forms part of the Barcode development see DNB Headquarters (Projects).
Design: MVRDV - Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries
Competition Phase: Winy Maas, Marc Joubert, Jeroen Zuidgeest with Sven Thorissen and Ole Schröderm Anders Nis-
Design Phase: Winy Maas, Marc Joubert, Jeroen Zuidgeest with Gudjon Kjartansson and Joanna Gasparski
Co-architects: A-lab, Oslo, Norway and DARK, Oslo, Norway
Model: Made by Mistake, Delft, The Netherlands