Bakgård: Olav Ryes Plass - Capturing The Flow              

Olav Ryes Plass - Capturing The Flow

Sebastian Gulliksen Stokkebokjær's B3 project last semester.

Olaf Ryes plass is located in one of the most active parts of Grunerløkka. Its surrounded by Sofienberggata, Thorvald Meyers gate, Gruners gate and Markveien. These streets contain many popular resturants and bars, and they attract allot of people. The territory has a varying pulse. At nighttime the territory itself is dead, but during the daytime its has allot of energy flowing through. Its strict geometry dictates the people on how to use the territory. Most people are obsessed with following routes, so the grassy fields surrounding the routes are seldom used. The west / east axis does not contain a road, but some people has started crossing the grassy parts, creating a path through the grassy fields. Most people are only within the territory, the time it takes to cross i diagonally. I feel the territory has untapped potential. If one adds some resistance/construction to the territory, that construction may persuade people to stay within the territory, instead of just pass- ing by. The construction will try to capture the flow of energy.

The first part of the process was about creating models that captures the territorial at- titude, and also contain some spatial quality that may be put into the territory. I focused on making spatial models that have the ability to lead, and the ability the tempt people to stay. The models are not massive, but light, and are humble enough to not overpower the strong geometrical character of the territory. In one way the models can be seen as small parasites feeding of the territory, without killing it.

After working with modulbased models that leads and shelters, i had problems placing them within the territory because there was no underlying system. Late in phase three i introduced a grid over the territory. The grid has the same abilities as the modulbased models, but has an underlying system. By manipulating the grid one can obtain the goals ive had in mind for Olaf Ryes Plass. If one adjusts the colums and beams one can make an intricate gridsystem that contains many different zones for people to embrace.

I continued to explore the grid and how it could meet the territory. I ended up with a grid that is based on different sized columns and beams in a 5 x 5 system. The columns height is based on the energylevel produced by people moving through the territory. That creates a rooflandscape that is taller over the geometric roads, and makes the people on the ground read the territory in a new way. Some places the grid moves down to the ground and creates benches and more intimate zones for contemplation. The grid dances between the ground and the trees, and unites these factors. The construction cap- tures the flow of energy, and creates many different zones in one system.

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