YARD "22"

Ghilardi+Hellsten has a genuine interest in providing Oslo with greener neighbourhoods. Retrofitting the courtyards of Oslo can become a systematic tool for upgrading Oslo’s response to sustainability while improving quality of living. 

«Backyard 22» is such a project, providing 12 housing units with a green, permeable, and dry common outdoor space, all within a reasonable budget.  

Status:

Completed 2014

Client:

Private

Project group:

Ghilardi+Hellsten Arkitekter

Location: 

Oslo, Norway

Plan/size:

150 m²

Typology:

Public space

Illustrations:

Ghilardi+Hellsten Arkitekter

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The courtyard has limited amount of sun which kept existing grass from growing properly. As a result, the backyard was mostly wet dirt 10 months a year.

The grass was replaced with raised permeable surfaces covered with white gravel; one area dedicated to outdoor eating and grill, and another area for low lounge seating in the sunny south-western corner.  The remaining yard was covered with existing concrete pavers which were originally laid along the facade to keep the water away from the building foundations.

 

Reuse, together with all labor being executed by owners and tenants, kept costs and the environmental impact quite low.

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The main water drain is placed centrally in the yard along with a new water channelling system. Water will increasingly be drained to the ground through the porous areas with stone, while some few waterways are still led to the drain. An estimated reduction to the local public water management is calculated to be approximately 50%. The new system performs well and provide the users with a dry and all-year usable outdoor space.  

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Plants were carefully selected to fit sheltered and shady areas, complementing the existing maple and cherry tree. Evergreen bamboo and honeysuckle, Dutchman's pipe, ferns, salix, lilac and walnut, among others, has proved resilient in this garden – in addition to seasonal plants in pots. The vegetation concept keeps the lower trees and bushes airy and inviting, creating an almost exotic atmosphere. Many plants, furniture and a wrought iron stoop were bought second hand or collected for free among friends.

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