Thereses gate 31 is a pilot project for densification and transformation of a historic facility worth of protection in the city of Oslo. It is a plastered brick building from 1878, originally a warehouse and workers' housing for Conrad Langaards Tobacco factory. Tuvalu og WWM architects are densifying the existing area with around 20 apartments and designed in a way to respect and works with the historic factory buildings. They will build behind and between the existing structures like trees in a forest.
The site is placed in between steep terrain on the east side of Stensparken and the public street Thereses gate. Within the block it is surrounded by nineteenth century apartment buildings that together create a complex and interesting situation with pockets of backyards and secret gardens.
We have been commissioned to design and plan the landscape, as well as to develop a vision for the block. We are not only responsible for the design, but also for creating a good dialogue with the neighbouring apartment buildings. The narrative of the site, and the transition between old factory buildings and new living quarters, as well the transition from the public commercial street to the living quarters near Stensparken become very important. We have high ambitions with regards to water management, material re-use, and the overall atmosphere and liveability of the landscape.