Now roll me to the fjords
Tuesday, 28 December 2010
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This prize-winning entry in a Norwegian design competition proposes an elegant idea for the small town of Åndalsnes, which describes itself as "The Gateway To The Fjords." (Full disclosure: I don't know if Åndalsnes describes itself as "The Gateway To The Fjords," but it should.) The design posits a collection of small, plain housing units that would roll out toward the fjords on existing railroad tracks in viewing seasson, and collect together near the town center in winter, adding valuable housing stock. The firm that came up with the idea, Jagnefält Milton Architecture
, also proposes units of varying size and function that could be assembled into a hotel, and others into a public bath and concert hall:
The integration of mobile structures - including a rolling hotel, public bath and concert hall - has the potential to transform the city into a dense, integrated and continually changing scenography. The temporary, small-scale structures sets the 'city in motion', providing an important connection between the land and the sea.