Stavanger, 2003

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April's winning entry in Europan7 in 2003.

Hothouses 8x8m are spread across the field as illustrious objects of attraction. Now starts the process of speculating, picking a suitable home in lose or firm connection to the hothouse. Big or small units, a possibility of sharing and excluding, expanding, subletting and prolonging the summer all through the year. In the meantime the greenhouses stand as a signs of growth and possibilities for the future. Furthermore they can be productive and useful in many ways, for growing tomatoes or storing straw-bales from the existing fields, that may be used for the perfect sound and heat insulation in future housing projects. The inhabitants of the Stavanger region may rent a unit as a allotment hut in the interim period before building starts. The glass houses may also serve as production units for flowers, fruits and vegetables for commercial purposes or for research. This could finance the building of the hothouses and will give character to the area from the start. The streets and infrastructure could be laid out simultaneously with the hothouses, and all in all this will work as a generator for the future development.
The building pattern can easily be applied to the different surface areas since the blocks are flexible in themselves. One can leave out a cube or two in order to adjust for existing buildings, and the function of the first floor can meet adjacent areas in different ways, be they cultivated landscapes, speedways or the local market. The blocks are not parallel, but laid out askew, in relation to the landscape features and the existing infrastructure. This defines space for more informal activities between the blocks. In the case of Jåtten Øst we propose horse stalls and paths for horse riding, in order to enrich the lives of the inhabitants, as well as meeting the cultivated landscape in an appropriate way.
Thus one takes advantage of the fertile earth one is allotted, at the same time as one concentrates the building mass in order to protect a decent amount of land valuable for the leisure use. The hothouse catches the heat of the sun which is stored in a solar heat
storing mass in the floor and the walls which will divide the hothouse and the linked buildings. Threefold highly light-transmissive glazing takes care of fine climate throughout the year.
In addition the inhabitants are provided with a hothouse space which allows them to produce their own food in forms of salads, eggs etc. All housing units lie within a radius of 0.5 kilometers from public transport.