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project: housing project year: 2021, type: open international competition program: housing area: 500.000 m2, architecture: Opposite Office team: Benedikt Hartl, Thomas Haseneder, Teresa Eberl location : Hjertelia, Norway

A project for adventurers/ modern hunters and gatherers: 


I am born in a forest! A vision of a CO2-neutral village in the woods...


As a rule, forests are cut down when new areas are designated for housing, which leads to urban sprawl and environmental degradation: The habitat of animals is restricted, biotopes are destroyed and forests, that are important for the climate, are lost. Typically, building means: man against animal! We want to change that and propose a rethink of the relationship between humans and animals. Our project concerns solidarity with animals in human spaces and proposes a new way of cohabitation: Animals and plants get the ground floor space and humans move up one level. 


Single family houses consume a lot of space, building materials and energy, they cause urban sprawl and thus even more traffic and expensive infrastructure, thereby destroying even more biodiversity.


 The desire of living in a detached house is part of the Norwegian dream, and more than 60% of the Norwegians live in one. The problem: These detached houses don’t deliver their inhabitants’ desires. 


- instead of living „in nature“, you live next to other ugly detached houses with coiffuredgardens that have nothing to do with real nature.

- instead of neighborly exchange and community, you get annoyed about the lawnmower on Saturday mornings.

- instead of a happy family life, you split up and suddenly sit alone in a house that is far too big and far too expensive.

- instead of isolated living, the house forms a community with a high grade of identification


So we asked ourselves, how can we combine the dream of living in nature in your own house, on the one hand, and sustainability and community on the other. The question is, how does the single-family home really become what we are seeking? And here is the answer…


- instead of clearing forests and destroying nature, the new housing typology will produce a new natural environment. New trees are planted to help protect the climate. 

- instead of carefully styled front gardens, you now really live in nature. 

- instead of a solution that is entirely geared towards car traffic, we propose an innovative mobility concept that is designed as a combination of bicycles, electric vehicles, public transport and especially sharing concepts. The final route to your home is only accessible by bike and on foot. 

- instead of living in isolation, there is a distinct community based on sharing and help.          

- instead of social segregation, the design of the different types of houses seek social mixture, integration and inclusiveness  


Come on and let’s go into the forest and collect mushrooms!

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