Schmidt hammer lassen architects has announced that the URBAN MOUNTAIN design team won the Nordic Built Challenge in Norway.
The Nordic Built Challenge is an open multidisciplinary design contest, organised by Nordic Innovation, for the refurbishment of five specific buildings.
The aim of the competition is to encourage innovation and the development of sustainable, viable and scalable refurbishment concepts for some of the common building types in the Nordic region.
The URBAN MOUNTAIN team includes schmidt hammer lassen architects, LOOP Architects, COWI Denmark and Norway, Transsolar Energitechnik and Vugge til Vugge Denmark.
The winning proposal includes the refurbishment and extension of a 50,000m² office building in central Oslo.
Upon completion of refurbishment, the building will reach a total size of 79,000m² and is expected to be the tallest in Norway.
Based on principles from Cradle to Cradle (C2C) thinking, around 90% of the demolished existing materials will be recycled into new and upgraded building materials, while 80% will be directly used in the new refurbished building.
Under the plans, the façade elements from the existing building will be re-used in the new façade design.
Sustainable features of the project, which is expected to secure a BREEAM Outstanding rating, include solar chimneys that run from the bottom to the top of the building and a greenhouse on the rooftop.
Schmidt hammer lassen architects founding partner John Lassen said an important part of the project is to allow sustainable measures to be visible to the users and the city, thereby raising awareness of how the building works.
"For instance, when you look at the building from the outside the façade is characterised by a series of ‘green lungs," Lassen said.
The URBAN MOUNTAIN team is one of the five teams in the running to become the overall winner, which will be announced on 17 October 2013.
Image: The Nordic Built Challenge is an open multidisciplinary design contest for the refurbishment of five buildings. Photo: Courtesy of Schmidt hammer lassen architects.