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Svartlamoen Housing

Svartlamoen Housing

Photographer: David Grandorge

Svartlamoen Housing

Photographer: David Grandorge

Svartlamoen Housing

Photographer: Johan Fowelin

Svartlamoen Housing

Photographer: Johan Fowelin

Svartlamoen Housing

Photographer: Johan Fowelin

Svartlamoen Housing

Photographer: Geir Brendeland

Svartlamoen Housing

Photographer: Geir Brendeland

Svartlamoen Housing

Photographer: Geir Brendeland

Svartlamoen Housing
Svartlamoen Housing
Svartlamoen Housing
Svartlamoen Housing
Svartlamoen Housing

Photographer: Johan Fowelin

Architect
Brendeland & Kristoffersen architects
Engineers/Specialists
Nils Fjærvik, Reinertsen engineering, Jorodd Vingsand, COWI ventilation, Hege tryggestad, COWI fire
Location
Western Europe - Norway - Trondheim
Climate Zone
temperate
Design status
build
Date of completion
2004
Type
Laboratory
NFA (m²)
1080
Building Costs
2160000 EUR
Building Costs / m² NFA
2000
Primary Energy (kWh/m²a)
105
Cooling / Heating-System

Electric heating

Use of renewable ressources - low tech
natural cross ventilation, others
Use of renewable ressources - high tech
other
Renewable, recycled, recyclable and innovative materials

Solid wood construction

Key Sustainability aspects
vernacular building strategies, public spaces, renewable building materials, recycling and reuse, ecological building materials, innovative bulding materials, integrated planning process, participation of users in planning process, low cost design, use of innovative design tools
Sustainability rated
Other
Social and ethical responsibility

The buildings are part of the Urban ecological area Svartlamoen in Trondheim. The task was to create low- cost rental housing for (young people).

There was a strong focus on the use of materials for the building with a special focus on innovative use of wood.

The average number of m2 for residential purposes are in Norway above 50m2 per person. The strategy for the building was to reduce this number to 20m2. This strategy affects both the rental prize and energy consumption per person in the building.

Architectural strategies for compensating dense living included good floor to ceiling heights and good daylight conditions. The houses consist of private rooms and a shared communal space with circulation, kitchen and living rooms.

Ressource efficiency and environmental impact

The buildings are constructed in wood which is an ample and renewable local resource in Scandinavia. This provided a challenge in dealing with fire safety for a large multistory urban building. The choice of solid wood elements for the main construction enabled an entirely new typology of wooden housing for urban conditions. The fire safety documentation for the project opened doors for other urban wood projects later on.

Wood has also been used for cladding, windows and doors. Vernacular techniques and knowledge were combined with new production methods. This strategy open up new markets for a high tech wood industry providing more refined building products.

Economic lifecycle perfomance

The high use of wooden products means that most of the building is made using a renewable resource.

A most important aspect was to invest extra time and resources in the planning process for the two buildings. Learning from the vernacular the building is planned with robust and well executed detailing to help it achieving a long lifetime and to reduce need for maintenance.

Contextual performance and impact

The Svartlamoen housing was conceived as a robust wooden shell for shared living. The design strategy is an open end strategy where the end user has a high degree of responsibility in adapting the interior and exterior spaces according to their needs and wishes.
The buildings has also become a symbol for the local neighborhood and shows that it is possible to combine innovation, knowledge about materials and good architecture with a wish to provide low cost housing. In this sense the project has represented a case study for other projects.