Author : Matteo Lomaglio 

University : Oslo school of Architecture and Design | AHO

Status : MArch, 2016

Advisor : Michael U. Hensel,  Søren S. Sørensen

Title : Oslo Convergence

The relationship between continuity and discontinuity, solid and void is what makes urban life in the city. Mixity more than density could characterize the contemporary urbanity. The distance relationship between public buildings, different uses and voids is what makes the city act as the stage for urbanity proliferation. The area of Slottsparken has the characteristics to act as a junction between two different conditions (Bogstadsveien and Karl Johans Gate) and generator of new urbanity in the city. A real mixed program area, with cultural richness, nightlife, commercial and a big amount of people going through it. It is a space of transition, a place where the scale, section and perception change.

Time is something we use to articulate our succession of activities during the day, but how does that relate to an architecture and its programmatic layout? The project explores the concept of time as a flow, that continues with different interactions translated into the physical space where the rigidity of the regular relationship between walls and slabs give space to a continuous extended walkable surface where it is impossible to define a start and an end, where horizontality meets verticality (rheotomic surface), where interior meets the exterior (layered envelope). The spatial experience as experience of time, of a flow, with extreme possibility of circulation, where the path is always different and leads every time to different points.

The use and the generation of an associative model has been fundamental to control the complexity of the overall design. This led to the possibility of testing the design strategies through an iterative process which involved different and peculiar elements of the design, such as the geometry definition, the programmatic layout, sunlight and radiation analysis, structural analysis and the envelope system.


S//A : What’s the most important aspect of this project that we should be aware of?
Matteo Lomaglio_ The project is an example of integrating programmatic, spatial, structural and environmental associative modelling. The activities are correlated with the multiple envelope strategy of the scheme, which provides fully enclosed and transitional spaces between the exterior and the interior. The integrated associative model serves to ensure that the open interior space without subdivision is making suitable provisions for its intended public and collective activities and sets out a vision for architecture that is driven by specific local conditions, demographic changes and diversifying needs of the citizens.

S//A : What other fields outside of architecture interest you?
ML_ Is there any field in which architecture is completely excluded?

S//A : Most important thing you learned in architecture school?
ML_Whenever approach a project, do not expect the outcome, let the process became it.

S//A : Describe your dream project
ML_ The next one