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Sunday, April 05, 2020

MX_SI + Mestres Wåge, winners in Oslo

The team formed by the young Barcelona firms MX_SI (Boris Bezan, Héctor Mendoza, and Mara Partida) and Mestres Wåge (Maria Mestres and Magnus Wåge) have won first prize in the international competition organized by the City of Oslo to redevelop the square called Trygve Lies Plass, carrying the day over 31 others that sent in entries. Titled 'Flying Carpet,' the urban intervention design covers 5,200 square meters and proposes several operations: inserting a central pole, densifying the alignments of existing trees, reducing the parking zone, and rearranging traffic, besides some superficial alternations that will have the effect of unifying the square. Its continuous topography will present different areas and rise in the middle to form a roof for the Center of Sustainable Mobility, a hub for bicyles and combustion and electric cars, for which there will also be a charging station. The project includes a heating system for benches and different zones of the square where snow and ice accumulates in winter, while other, non-heated parts are fitted out to accommodate activities like skating and snowboarding. Construction of the new public space is to begin in 2018.
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