PORT CITY INTERFACE
pORT CITY INTERFACE IS A RESOURCE
TO MIX DIFFERENT PROGRAMS
PROVIDING RESIDENTS LIVING IN PROXIMITY TO PORT ACTIVITIES WITH HOUSING, RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL AMENITIES IN CITY PORT INTERFACE ZONES
Incorporating measures designed to reduce port nuisances into building design.
Revising the status of port and City Port heritage to properly reflect the site’s historical significance.
Developing public spaces and recreational or cultural amenities in City Port interface zones to create an appealing new area.
Promoting the architectural and landscape integration of port facilities.
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The former grain silo in the port-city interface is a listed building constructed in 1921, measuring 57m in height including 42 concrete tubes. The conversion began in 2014 from a partnership between the V&A waterfront and businessman Jochem Zeitz. Architect Thomas Heatherwick is responsible for a design that includes the biggest museum for contemporary African art, educational areas, shops and a hotel. Due to its location and scale, the building is a landmark connecting the history of the port and future of the waterfront.
The Port of Oslo developed in 2010 specific aesthetic guidelines for the port facilities. Some of the key measures include protecting the visual axes, developing green elements in different sites, the lighting schemes or the use of materials and colors. In this case, the general principle is that the aesthetic value of the port may be in the logistics activity itself, and that it is worth showing it to citizens. In this case, the buffer works as a transition zone for port activities and not as a screen that hides these same activities. Based on this principle, it is proposed to create viewpoints on the port, expand its transparency. In the Oslo is also worth exploring the Oslo Havn Promenade, where the cultural value of the port is explained in an innovative public space.