As a part of the redevelopment of thedowntown area, the City of Oslo built a new performing arts centre. Snøhetta, together with 13.3 Landskapsarkitekter, were commissioned to undertake the landscape design of the areas surrounding the new building and most importantly of the new plaza connecting the Centre, the adjoining luxury hotel and its neighbouring shopping gallery.
The project involved co-ordination among differing developers, architects and artists. The work was phased and the overall plan was to be completed in the long term requiring a design that could be perceived as complete during the different stages of the construction.
The primary intention was to unify the differing building structures around the plaza by creating a beam of vegetation that passes along the full length of the plaza and adjoining buildings, connecting the structures to a neighboring park. The trees grow along a cable structure suspending the vegetation above the plaza. In addition to this element several other features provide a lively atmosphere to the space including a mosaic wall at the ramping entrance to the shopping gallery. Mosaic fountains at the hotel and graphic stonework on the walking surfaces give the plaza a feeling of singularity in the changing urban landscape