Europan 12 - Norway
Restoration of Dikemark Psychiatric Hospital in Asker
Dikemark is in many ways a unique place within its regional context, thanks to its preserved architecture, its picturesque landscape, and its history and identity. We defined a sustainable new market perspective, in order to increase the economic development in the area, as well as to preserve the landscape and the cultural heritage through an accurate balance between preservation and new development. Once the unique points of the area have been determined, our proposal stimulates the local economy while maintaining its local qualities through the staging of innovative crossovers, adding value in economic, touristic, social, spatial, and ecological dimensions.
The masterplan is developed in four phases:
1_Preservation and implementation of the river edges with leisure bike paths and temporary accommodations, reactivation of the buildings in the Central Area, implementation of the Public Spaces; 2_Densification of the street edge and preservation of the gardens on the back side (Dikemark Boulevard, U House, Floating Restaurant),3_introduction of new typologies with minimum footprint (woods islands), 4_preservation of sight lines with a new connection to the Central Area, densification of the North and South Areas.
Dikemark Boulevard: On the north side of the central area of intervention, a new boulevard has been created by infilling new buildings between the existing hospital pavilions.
The new structure defines a continuous street front where different housing typologies can be placed: a regular dimension of the plots and a range of heights has been fixed while keeping the design of the singular unit still open to future development.
The ground floor hosts small commercial and working activities or other generic functions to activate the street. By connecting the isolated existing buildings and densifying the area, a new urban character is given to Dikemark.
The UHouse hosts a residence, a hotel, an elderly house, a clinic, a generic accommodation. It encloses the surrounding landscape and opens up towards the lake. The flexible layout allows an adaptable exchange of equipment between the rooms turning hotel rooms into treatment rooms.