Revitalizing Nygård factory
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Today, Oslo city is largely a big housing estate, scattered with cafés and culture institutions. The previously producing city has become the recreational city. I would like to reintroduce production in Oslo. My thesis is to transform an old paint factory into a space for our current production needs and habits. Working with transformation is different than building something from scratch. The concept must be the structure itself, its odd details, organizational logic, and existing qualities. These can be exaggerated or hided, but they are there, waiting to be addressed. This is, in my opinion, what makes transformation interesting. The chosen site is in Gamle Oslo, constrained between Alna River and the railway. The building is carried by a column and beam system in concrete. All functions and circulation are placed in one corner to enable as much space as possible to the production. The structural and organizational logic offers flexibility. The site and the building have some obvious shortcomings, both in terms of infrastructure, universal design, and comfort. Emphasizing the existing architectural qualities has however been the most present challenge. The most important tasks have been to improve the accessibility, add sufficient supply of daylight and connect the indoor and the primeval forest outdoor. Through small but important interventions I hope to revitalize Nygård factory, making it a functional workspace more adapted to our current production habits. I wish to intervene in a gentle way, as to not ruin the possibilities to further transform this beautiful functionalist structure in the future.