RUSELØKKVEIEN

Design: 2014-2016
Completed: 2016
Program: 29.000m2 urban plan and building restoration
Client: Storebrand
Location: Ruseløkkveien, Oslo, Norway

FROM THOROUGHFARE TO DESTINATION

RUSELØKKVEIEN
FROM THOROUGHFARE TO DESTINATION

Design: 2014-2016
Completed: 2016
Program: 29.000m2 urban plan and building restoration
Client: Storebrand
Location: Ruseløkkveien, Oslo, Norway
A lively, flexible and varied urban space in the center of Vika neighbourhood.

In the neighborhood of Vika, flanked by the listed neo-renaissance buildings of Victoria Terrasse (today the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the pedestrianization of Ruseløkkveien makes the cornerstone of a grand neighborhood transformation - from thoroughfare to destination. The new urban space design ties together a vast project area, consisting of restoration work on the adjoining retail and office spaces; most notably the two-story 1960’s brutalist terraces in the north, inhabited by small shops and cafés, stretching along the entire street span. 

Site plan

The urban design is rooted on qualities and atmospheres extracted from the surrounding historical buildings, thus represents calmness, rhythm and order in its general layout, yet seeks to be a flexible, lively and active urban space. The latter is provided through a great variation in program, vegetation, seating, activities and public functions, distributed along the entire length of the street. The building restoration work is conducted with emphasis on conservation of the existing, and emerges as a silent backdrop for the busy street life. 

Ruseløkkveien is tranformed from a busy trafficked street with parking to pedestrian-friendly and active urban destination.
The project includes extensive restoration work on the adjoining buildings, including a folded glass facade on the 1960's Vika Terrasse, as well as the interior retail spaces. Photo: Finn Ståle Felberg
The urban plan offers pockets for seating and intermissions. Photo: Finn Ståle Felberg