The residential development titled the Waterfront pushes the potential of wooden architecture and frames a recreational urban life on Stavanger's waterfront.
The Waterfront includes 125 freehold flats (ranging from 44 to 225-sqm) as well as shops and cafés along the promenade. The 19,500-sqm development pushes the potenital of wooden architecture by being designed as one of largest wooden developments in Northern Europe. The objective of the development is to position Stavanger as a pioneer city in the field of modern wooden architecture.
The Waterfront encapsulates the essence of Stavanger by carrying on the city's wooden architecture tradition and interpreting the surrounding Norwegian landscape. The shape of the building complex is based on a precise analysis of the site with the desire to blur the boundary between the urban space and the dramatic Norwegian landscape. Inspired by the unique location the building complex is designed as a mountain range of wood on the edge between the city and the sea.
The vibrant atmosphere is enhanced by the persistent irregularity of lines and volumes that shapes the Waterfront's wooden architecture and its outdoor spaces. The dramatic play of lines and volumes creates a distinct architectural identity that reflects the Norwegian landscape and reinforces the identity of the local community.
Furthermore the daring angular volumes are moulded in regard to the wind and the sun for the purpose of creating a dynamic play of light and shadow during the day. In this way the building complex systematically uses the energy from the sun to reduce the demand for energy, while the slanting roof surfaces create optimal lighting conditions by bringing sunlight into the alleyways, the public squares and the residential and business units.
"The Waterfront is praised as the largest wooden building complex in Northern Europe and all the judges agree on the interesting aesthetic that the project brings to the table, that the plans are working, and that it is artful." Chairman of the jury / WAN Residential Award 2011