The project comprises a hotel, artist’s apartments, office and with a mixture of workshops and bars and eateries in a bazaar-like structure at the lower street level along the main Aker River running through the heart of Oslo.
The building aims to negotiate a transition through steep terrain between the main road, “the floor of the town”, and the planned cultural square in and around the old industrial buildings along the riverside.
The compact hotel accommodates 130 rooms, a bar and 100 seats restaurant with views to the river.
The commercial floors are intended to serve as local offices and studios.
The lower level spaces are intended for use as workshops for local artists and various eateries and bars with the tables of a large café/restaurant spilling out onto the square to form a focal point at lower street level.
There are also programmed apartments, duplex and studios in the 4 floors of the smaller block-like structures