Work and Leisure are merging, this irreversible cultural shift prompts re-calibration or even complete re-thinking of traditional building types. We see an increase in the demand for more open and more flexible buildings to satisfy a rapid-shifting real estate market. Hasle Linje Universell is an hotel and office building developed as a platform for such reformulation. The structure is designed for use change, allowing for program retrofit at any given time but without compromising spatial qualities and main technical requirements.
The building is currently the home of Quality Hotel Hasle Linie, the office concept K7, including the entertainment brand Nent Group, and the fitness center Sterk Helse located in the base.
Höegh Eiendom, AF Gruppen
Ghilardi+Hellsten Arkitekter, AF Bygg Oslo, Grindaker Landskapsarkitekter, Scenario Interiørarkitekter
Cowi, Lysteknikk, AF EMT, Bolseth, Brekke Strand, Gupex
Public space, Hotel, Corporate Space
Roland Halbe, Dmitry Tkachenko/Höegh Eiendom
Urban catalyst: Hasle Universell is designed for commercial uses which are to serve and activated the neighborhood of Hasle Linje. The building and its program including its outdoor areas, are largely open to the public, inviting neighbours to enjoy the spaces and its facilities at the lower levels. Three main entrances and a fully transparent ground floor connects all sides of the surroundings with the interior. The building negotiates the height differences on the site, offering two exterior and one interior connection between the upper and lower levels, binding the neighborhood’s residential and commercial areas together.
Axonometric: program and entrances
Celebrating the industrial: The façade of the hotel, inspired by the industrial history of the site, is a unitized façade system. Its repetition and simplicity derive from the concept of universal space and flexible use.
Working conditions: The façade of the office volume investigates the concept of regularity and repetition, with prefabricated windows and wood veneered façade panels. The paneled grid, with equal dimensions for horizontal and vertical widths, allows for generous daylight conditions in all floors, while the wooden veneer creates a soft and gentle contrast to the hotel volume and adjacent neighboring buildings.
Public lobby: The ground floor of the building contains a generous mixed-use lobby which connects all three main entrances. The lobby acts as the heart of the building, binding all program of the ground level together with the public and the upper floors. The different zones of the lobby are regularly re furnished for a variety of activities and events. The end part of the lobby acts as a climatized street, splitting the building into the two volumes of hotel and office.
With the main conference hall located on the ground floor, all other spaces benefit from the generous ceiling height, creating an “industrial space” atmosphere in the whole floor.
Through the universal dimensioning of floor heights and overall volume, the building becomes truly sustainable, allowing future transformation to happen effortlessly, without demolition. The hotel has floor heights and depths suited for office space, and the upper floors are also applicable as housing.
The consequent use of elements in all parts of the building makes future transformation and recycling simpler.
Hotel & offices
Two types of facade elements make up the hotel room floors. Type 1 has exterior vertical aluminium casettes, while Type 2 has exterior vertical lamellas for every 60cm (yet to be mounted). The ground floors will have 2,4m wide glass panels to provide a larger degree of contact with the urban spaces.
Facade elements are made out of 2,4m modules.
The atrium in the hotel, from the third to the sixth floor.
The lobby in the hotel is a double high space with a skylight connecting it with the atrium above.
K4A & K4B
Hotel & offices
Shared entrance for the hotel and office from Bøkkerveien
The hotel's lobby
Perspective section through the lobby
The office building seen from Karvesvingen
K4 - “H” Building and “V” Building
This two buildings engage spatially and programmatically with Pipehuset and Pipeparken. They create a porous compound which houses a variety of services for guests and tenants. K4A includes public co-working lobby, hotel, conference facilities, wellbeing with swimming, training center, pool /spa and the wine department. K4B allocates office space suitable for smaller companies and start-ups which are looking for high-profile image branding.