Strusshamn / Eriksen Skajaa Architects

Residential Alternative

Norwegian design team, Eriksen Skajaa Architects has shared with us their urban study for the redevelopment of a former industrial site in Strusshamn, a Norwegian coastal settlement. Follow after the jump for additional images and a brief description by the architects.

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Strusshamn is a settlement on the southwest side of Askøy, an island outside of Bergen on the west coast of , with strong ties to the ocean. The fjord was used for transport due to lack of roads and it was an important economic resource. When this changed and the car became the most important way of communication two centers developed without a clear connection to each other.

Residential Alternative Axonometric

The site in Strusshamn is a former boat building factory for Viksund Boats that was bought by the municipality to make a new zoning plan to avoid heavy industry to be established in the future in the old, preserved harbour environment. In our study we are looking for a way to connect the two parts of Strusshamn. By simple means like improving and defining different surfaces, re-establishing a hidden river, and introducing public spaces of different character we redefine Strusshamn and prepare for the integration of the new development at the Viksund site.

Mixed Use Alternative

Strusshamn has a lot of different public services and mainly small-scale cultural activity. A combination of culture production and maritime culture can give Strusshamn the uniqueness that is needed to turn the place into both a good place to live and an interesting destination. We have introduced small culture ”boathouses” that will make a supplement to the housing as artist’s studios and small shops. They will provide public life and reintroduce small-scale commerce to this once so lively harbor area. The culture “boathouses” can be rented separately or combined to make larger units.

Mixed Use Alernative Axonometric

The study examines three different combinations of density and program on the site, but with a similar layout and approach to the site. The layout is based on analysis of climate and landscape with an aim to create good public spaces and buildings with access to light and the spectacular view the landscape offers. A continuous public space with piers, public spaces, a promenade and backyards attach the new development to the rest of Strusshamn. A central canal on the site connects the two parts of the site together and increases the quality of both and this way not only the houses on the waterfront have access to the qualities of the harbor environment. Towards the fjord to the south lies a large public space for the whole of Strusshamn.

Commercial Alternative

The new development is based on the historical buildings in Strusshamn. Small volumes that sometimes grow together and create larger units characterize the historical buildings. The buildings are close to the water and create spaces between that vary in size and quality. With those aspects in mind, the new development is a continuation and extension of the historical place, while at the same time demonstrating the possibilities of developing these kinds of sites into areas with more dense or urban structures.

Commercial Alternative Axonometric
Site Plan

Site Plan Key:

1. Pond
2. Island with duck house
3. Entrance to parking
4. Guest parking
5. Terrain down to sea level
6. Culture ”Boathouse”
7. Water element (Fountain)
8. Canal
9. Bridge
10. Public space on pier
11. Bench
12. Court yard
13. Guest pier
14. House
15. Water element (gutter)
16. Public space
17. Stairs to the sea level
18. House on top of parking base
19. Terrace
20. Vegetable garden
21. Nature park
22. Sculpture park
23. WC and changing rooms for the beach
24. Beach

Cite: Jarz, Hank. "Strusshamn / Eriksen Skajaa Architects" 19 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
  • Alejandro

    Why do these ways of representation always lack life, textures, spirit. It looks as if the walls were made out of printed acetate.

    • Fudge

      my thoughts exactly, where’s the variety? These facades look austere and cold

  • robh

    So romantic. Small scale cultural activity. Little commercial programmes.

    Does in no way represent norwegian realestate development.

    Either theese dudes are naive, or they have a romantic client…

    • Arild

      Romantic-pragmatic client.