Grønneviksøren Student Apartments
The student houses in Grønneviksøren, designed by 3RW Arkitekter are a low energy project, located in a transformation area at the outskirt of the Bergen city core. To ensure the projects overall ambition of a clear and open connection to the surroundings, the structure is divided in two separate blocks (quarters) consisting of 16 different buildings. The blocks allow free passage to green courtyards that give both the residence and the public a place to linger. The units are prefabricated modules, all shipped from the factory to the site. The buildings have a varying height from 4 to 8 floors and are shaped individually by conducting a careful mix of two different module sizes (depths). By using different window sizes and different façade panels and colors, it breaks up the monotony of a modular building system and gives it a lively layer. The galleries width provides access to the individual housing units as well as a spacious common area for the residents. 16 roof terraces at different locations are accessed through the galleries and provide additional areas for social encounters and activity. In the interface between private units and the public courtyards the galleries and roof terraces play an important role for the prosperity of both parts.
With its low cost and varied composition it represents a milestone for prefabricated building projects.