A flood resilient housing development revitalizing Gjøvik’s front towards lake Mjøsa.
The development of an area as large as Huntonstranda, with its close proximity to the city center of Gjøvik, represents a unique opportunity to revitalize the city’s front towards lake Mjøsa. In November 2017, the municipality of Gjøvik along with landowners at Huntonstranda invited to an open international competition to explore the opportunities for a complete transformation of the site.
Our vision for Huntonstranda is not limited to the introduction of a city structure and a program that would realize the municipalities wishes for the new development. A large part of our analysis was spent on establishing how we could connect Gjøvik’s city center with lake Mjøsa. By proposing strategies for new connections, how to enhance existing connections and vitalize urban spaces in the city center — the new front towards lake Mjøsa would be accessible to all of Gjøvik.
The proposed structure takes cues from the existing dimensions of the grid-structure found both in the city center and the peripheral residential areas of Gjøvik. The site is extremely exposed to flooding. With the implementation of new underground parking facilities, masses can be redistributed locally on site to achieve a safe zone for the 200-years flood. The master plan is divided into districts where the urban spaces are given each own identity both in experience, program, and design. Throughout the plan, green mobility is prioritized, which in turn will contribute to making it easier to make sustainable choices in the everyday.
126 000 m²
The site is exposed to flooding. Every design choice made had to take this into consideration. With the implementation of new underground parking facilities, masses can be rearranged on site to achieve a safe zone for the 200-year flood.