Iconic Vippetangen

Project by Marine Pavageau

Silo as temporary event space.

After almost two decades of urban expansion along the Fjord, it’s time for the city of Oslo to implement new alternatives to this model of growth. It’s time to replace the rhetoric based on the market economy with a new scrutiny on the existing. It’s time to rediscover Oslo and its priceless relationship to the Fjord archipelago, its old and coming cultural heritage and to make this historical fabric a support for future narratives.

Vippetangen, a post-industrial area at the tip of Oslo’s waterfront, represents a challenge in terms of scale and connection with the city. Despite its physical attachment to the land, Vippetangen remains disconnected from the urban dynamics. The narratives proposed in this project will emphasize this isolated condition and claim that Vippetangen belongs more to the Fjord than to the city. In order to highlight this connection, my project will focus on three remarcable isolated conditions that characterize Oslo waterfront and constitute three unique architectural identities : Hovedøya Abbey, Akershus Festning and the cornsilo.  These three structures have developed a historical bond strengthened throughout a thousand years of space, triggered by the initial stones transfer from the abbey to the fortress. In order to expand on this existing relationship, a knowledge exchange between the three structures aims to inform one another and to make these out-of-scale buildings occupable by humans. As the Akershus Festning’s narrative is already quite well established, the architectural interventions will focus on Hovedøya Abbey and the cornsilo.

Thus, this project explores forms of ruin contemplation through architectural sequences, both as spatial and temporal qualities. The ruins of yesterday will support the narratives of tomorrow in order to write a new chapter of Oslo waterfront’s history.