… a proposal where existing and new railroads would provide the base for new building that could be rolled back and forth depending on seasons and situations….
Idékonkurranse om Åndalsnes sentrum og sjøfront
The Swedish architecture office Jägnefält Milton has been awarded in the Norwegian master plan competition for the city of Åndalsnes. Their proposal was to have buildings rolling through the city on rails. On Friday the jury went public with the awarded master plans for the city of Åndalsnes.
The jury awarded the Swedish office for a proposal where existing and new railroads would provide the base for new building that could be rolled back and forth depending on seasons and situations. Among others they propose a rolling hotel, a rolling public bath and a rolling concert hall. The jury was impressed by the swedes unique proposal.
…The jury was impressed by the unique proposal. …
Excerpt from the juryreport: “Rather than proposing infills in the dissolved city blocks or new piers and promenades along the fjord, the proposers have chosen to focus on the opportunities that lies in allowing a single item form the basis for a spatial and programmatic interventions in the most important and most public zones of Åndalsnes. The proposer has seen the importance of the railway for the development of the city and taken this element and created a new future for the city. The railroads fundamental contradiction between the permanence of the tracks and the mobility and flexibility of the wagons is playfully and elegantly exploited in the planning proposal.”
They were also moved by the presentation material which they thought had a surreal mood with a magic and Tarkovsky-esk atmosphere that contrasted well with the sober and technical plans and axonometric drawings.
…We are really happy that the jury took our proposal seriously…
“We are really happy that the jury took our proposal seriously, it’s not only a good proposal which we are very proud of, it´s also fully doable,” says Carl Jägnefält one of the two founders of Jägnefält Milton.”
Jagnefält Milton is an architecture office in Stockholm, Sweden. Their latest achievement was a first prize in the architectural competition to build a cultural centre in the city of Galway in Ireland. The office was founded a year ago by Konrad Milton and Carl Jägnefält.
…a surprisingly practical approach for cultivating seasonal tourism in Andalsnes…
Despite that it is very innovative proposal, it is in fact a surprisingly practical approach for cultivating seasonal tourism in Andalsnes. The integration of the railway Raumabanen in the design to utilize mobile structures to create new and existing train tracks, offers an astonishing benefit. It is a system which can adapt quickly to seasonal needs, festivals, markets other requirements. The opportunity to reorganize this system achieves a very economic potential. It could be build in different phases of development. Adjustments or new ideas can be included easily. In the juryreport the architects propose also a rolling hotel, a rolling public bath and a rolling concert hall. The need of new tracks in relation to the current site is in my view a reasonable amount. If this is still too risky step, i would suggest to start with an easy and simple phase of development.
…a true kinetic architecture concept…
All in all it is a true kinetic architecture concept, which could be realized in near future. The kinetic element offers not only just adapting architecture but many interesting possibilities. The quality to drive in this unique way through this amazing landscape (take a look by yourself,down here google streetview) is a real tourist attraction. The design offers a wonderful experience of the nature of Norway. I personally disappointed that in the presentation material the potential of the design is not fully shown. It has really amazing renderings and technical plans explaining everything needed for a master plan. It lacks basic economical facts and figures of the potential for tourism and the possible phases of development. Just like renderings give an impression of the atmosphere and technical plans an impression of the construction. Just brief illustrations give an impressions for a possible economical realization. The main and for kinetic architecture a very important factor is the movement. How does it move? Which speed is recommended? With kinetic architecture, the building services i.e. plumbing, electricity etc. become complex, but this design offers practical and already widely used services, like in modern trains, caravans and etc.
The design is awarded the third prize in the competition, so I would advise the jury to choice this proposal for the planning stage!
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