Sketch proposal October-November 2006
The Client wants to develop a dense housing project in a steep terrain in a established residential neighborhood. We propose to revisit the terrace typology as it optimizes views from all apartments and keeps the average height of the development low in relation to the neighbors. To fulfill the expected FAR on the site, but not eliminate its green qualities, we designed 7 separate terraced units that will not be too dominating in the hill side. A further skewing of the buildings, specific to different view lines for each unit and the access of daylight, exaggerates this, and at the same creates an intimacy and diversity in the garden areas between the buildings. The project consists of a total of 55 apartments, in which 30% are handicap accessible. Each building has a main entrance at the lower level where parking garage, stair and elevator are located. All apartments have generous private terraces which separating walls are part of creating the sloping architectural image of the buildings, creating a new image of the traditional terrace house.
Location: Skien, Norway
Client: Blåkors Eiendom
Projectgroup: Ghilardi+Hellsten Arkitekter