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Skåtøy Allotment Garden

Skåtøy Allotment Garden

Allotment gardening has been growing in popularity over the past several years. In a historical context the allotment gardens were established to facilitate private food production and to provide relaxing green spaces allowing city and apartment dwellers to enjoy the benefits of gardening and to foster a spirit of community.

Skåtøy is located in the southern part of Norway and is the biggest island in the municipal of Kragerø. With its green and lush nature, warm bays, forests and mountains the island is a popular destination for tourists during summer.  
The main driving forces behind the design of the Skåtøy Allotment garden are to produce food and offer recreation by the archipelago, which is why the 18 allotment cabins are surrounded by fruit groves, trails and bridges.


Landscape, Interior, Architecture, Residential





Skåtøy, Norway


Allotment garden


Bjørn Arne Halvorsen

Skåtøy allotment garden is characterized by two different topographies. The largest part of the site is flat with cabins placed at the intersection between cultured land and vegetation. On the remaining part of the site the cabins are placed in a gentle slope with rocky vegetation.
The cabins are designed to fit the site and landscape and thus come in two different sizes. The smaller cabins are located close to the cultivated land, while the larger ones fit the slope of the southwestern part of the allotment garden.



The ecological and sustainable ambitions of the project are manifested through the choice of materials minimizing the need for maintenance and enhancing a natural patination. This means natural greying wood, large glass facades, zinc roofing and small, painted windows.

Although urban allotment gardening dates back to the nineteenth century, it has recently undergone a renaissance of interest and popularity. This is the result of greater concern over urban greenspace, food security and quality of life.

To facilitate a sustainable energy use there will be possibilities for southern facing solar-panel systems on the roof connected to batteries and additional heating from furnaces.