Cumulus, Grorud Centre

Oslo, Norway
Model
Foto © H. Moser
Ecologies
Dibujo © SMAQ
Site plan
Dibujo © SMAQ
Crowning existing programs
Dibujo © SMAQ
Elevation and section
Dibujo © SMAQ
Day of the waterfall
Visualización © SMAQ
Public groundfloor in summer
Dibujo © SMAQ
Public groundfloor in winter
Dibujo © SMAQ
Rainwater usage
Dibujo © SMAQ
Inhabiting the sky
Dibujo © SMAQ
Views
Dibujo © SMAQ
Arquitectos
SMAQ
Ubicación
Oslo, Norway
Año
2007-2015
Pisos
5 - 20 pisos
Cliente
Oslo kommune eiendoms- og byfornyelsesetaten
Equipo
Sabine Müller, Andreas Quednau, Robert Gorny, Felipe Flores, Silvia Izquierdo, Martino Sacchi

Cumulus is an urban strategy that conceptualizes public spaces as related to the environmental dynamics of northern living. The proposal focuses on a mixed-used development that (re)binds the different social spheres, programs, scales, and ecologies of the existing neighborhood. This manifests in a new urban center that is planned with an innovative rainwater management concept of seasonal expansion and contraction. The passage of water, in its different physical states and speeds, becomes the story of the neighborhood. As a new wintertime tradition, collected rainwater is released onto public spaces so that it can freeze into an open-air ice-skating surface. The “Day of the Waterfall” and the resulting dynamic public surface encourage interaction between existing and incoming communities, while putting the neglected area back onto Oslo’s map.

Program
195 apartments, 14,370 m2 retail and public program, 10,450 m2 offices, 8,500 m2 cultural and social facilities, 19,200 m2 underground parking

Site area
5.5 ha

Study area
15 ha

Award
Europan 9 Competition, 1st Prize

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