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Residential complex - Rundeskogen Towers

DRMM | Helen & Hard

Europa | Sandnes

The wooded hill of Rundeskogen on the western coast of Norway is a natural landmark connecting three neighbouring towns. Between these urban centres lies a patchwork of low-density residential neighbourhoods, small-business parks, housing estates, a recently discovered Viking site, and pockets of woodland. To the east lies the fjord; to the west, open countryside.
The three residential blocks by Helen & Hard and drmm architectural practices dialogue with all these elements. The decision to develop upwards not outwards was dictated by the need to keep a respectful distance from the nearby archaeological site, but also give the new occupants views over the fjord while not blocking it for nearby houses.
The programme takes its cue from the tree. The structural frame is the trunk; the suspended cantilevered volumes and crown are the branches and leaf canopy; the HPL...

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